According to IFI, a patent analysis firm, Microsoft's rank dropped 5 places and they are down to no 10 at this moment. IFI noticed the significant drop of Microsoft in the rank list. Microsoft currently have 1956 grants followed by Apple with 1938 grants. The list if leaded by international Bussiness Machines Corp. Another competitor Google Inc is no 5 with 2835 grants.
Several Top 50 companies dropped considerably lower in the rankings, but not solely because they generated fewer patents. One of the reasons for the seismic shifts this year, according to Larry Cady, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services Senior Analyst, is due to where patents are being parked.
“Rather than keeping all corporate patents under a single registration, some companies are choosing to spread their portfolios across multiple entities,” said Cady. “This is why we are seeing such dramatic movement this year with Microsoft and Panasonic, which all started assigning some patents to newly formed holding companies.”