Visualizing Companies with the Most Patents Granted in 2021
Companies around the world invest billions in R&D to provide cutting-edge innovation to their products and services. In order to protect these investments, companies apply for patents. Therefore, the number of utility patents a company is granted can be considered a rough measure of its level of innovation.
Every year, the Patent 300 List identifies America’s most innovative companies within the intellectual property space by analyzing the patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
In 2021, the USPTO granted a total of 327,798 utility patents, down 7% from the previous year. Let’s take a look at which companies generated the most patents in 2021.
|1||🇺🇸 U.S.||International Business Machines Corporation||8,540||-9%|
|2||🇰🇷 South Korea||Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.||8,517||0%|
|3||🇰🇷 South Korea||Lg Corporation||4,388||-13%|
|4||🇯🇵 Japan||Canon K.K.||3,400||-8%|
|5||🇨🇳 China||Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.||2,955||-7%|
|6||🇺🇸 U.S.||Intel Corporation||2,835||-14%|
|7||🇹🇼 Taiwan||Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co. Ltd.||2,807||-3%|
|8||🇯🇵 Japan||Toyota Jidosha K.K.||2,753||-2%|
|9||🇺🇸 U.S.||Raytheon Technologies Corporation||2,694||-16%|
|10||🇯🇵 Japan||Sony Corporation||2,624||-9%|
For 29 consecutive years, IBM has led U.S. companies in the number of patents received annually. In 2021, the company received 8,540 patents, a 9% decline from the previous year.
IBM’s innovations are focused on solving major global challenges, and cover areas such as sustainable growth, climate change, and preventing future pandemics, as well as initiatives enabling food and energy security. They aim to address these problems through a blend of high-performance computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and quantum computing.
One of IBM’s most noteworthy innovations in 2021 was their new quantum processor called Eagle, which broke the 100-qubit barrier to bring quantum computing into a new era. This processor has the ability to solve problems that classical computers can’t, giving it the potential to bring real-world benefits to different fields from renewable energy to finance and more.
Samsung: A Close Second Innovator
Samsung Electronics is one of the biggest innovators over the last decade. In 2021, the company got 8,517 patents granted by the USPTO, a close second to IBM.
The company’s patent-winning innovations take place in several areas, including virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), 5G technologies, and autonomous driving.
The Technology Sector Dominates Utility Patents
Unsurprisingly, out of the top 25 companies with the most patents granted in 2021, 16 of them belong to the technology sector.
However, utility patents are not only limited to tech companies.
In fact, companies from all sectors apply for patents every year. Patents are great assets for companies since they give them exclusive commercial rights for their inventions and protect them from competition. This is one of the main reasons we see companies getting thousands of new patents every year.
Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council
Here’s how the global community voted on the resolution: In favor – 93 | Abstained – 58 | Against – 24
Russia Has Been Suspended From the UN Human Rights Council
On April 7, 2022, the United Nations suspended Russia from its seat on the Human Rights Council.
This suspension comes amid growing condemnation of Russia over alleged civilian murders committed by Russian troops in Ukraine. Widely distributed videos appear to show the bodies of civilians scattered along the streets in the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
To be approved, the resolution required a two-thirds majority of assembly members that vote “yes” or “no”. Here is a complete list of how countries voted:
|Country||Vote||NATO Member||Former Soviet Union|
|🇦🇩 Andorra||In favor|
|🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda||In favor|
|🇦🇱 Albania||In favor|
|🇦🇷 Argentina||In favor|
|🇦🇹 Austria||In favor|
|🇦🇺 Australia||In favor|
|🇧🇪 Belgium||In favor|
|🇧🇫 Burkina Faso||--|
|🇧🇬 Bulgaria||In favor|
|🇧🇳 Brunei Darussalam||Abstained|
|🇧🇸 Bahamas||In favor|
|🇨🇦 Canada||In favor|
|🇨🇩 Dem. Republic of the Congo||In favor|
|🇨🇫 Central African Republic||Against|
|🇨🇬 Republic of the Congo||Against|
|🇨🇭 Switzerland||In favor|
|🇨🇮 Côte d’Ivoire||In favor|
|🇨🇱 Chile||In favor|
|🇨🇴 Colombia||In favor|
|🇨🇷 Costa Rica||In favor|
|🇨🇻 Cabo Verde||Abstained|
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||In favor|
|🇨🇿 Czech Republic||In favor|
|🇩🇪 Germany||In favor|
|🇩🇰 Denmark||In favor|
|🇩🇲 Dominica||In favor|
|🇩🇴 Dominican Republic||In favor|
|🇪🇨 Ecuador||In favor|
|🇪🇪 Estonia||In favor|
|🇪🇸 Spain||In favor|
|🇫🇮 Finland||In favor|
|🇫🇯 Fiji||In favor|
|🇫🇲 Micronesia||In favor|
|🇫🇷 France||In favor|
|🇬🇩 Grenada||In favor|
|🇬🇪 Georgia||In favor|
|🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea||--|
|🇬🇷 Greece||In favor|
|🇬🇹 Guatemala||In favor|
|🇭🇳 Honduras||In favor|
|🇭🇷 Croatia||In favor|
|🇭🇹 Haiti||In favor|
|🇭🇺 Hungary||In favor|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||In favor|
|🇮🇱 Israel||In favor|
|🇮🇸 Iceland||In favor|
|🇮🇹 Italy||In favor|
|🇯🇲 Jamaica||In favor|
|🇯🇵 Japan||In favor|
|🇰🇮 Kiribati||In favor|
|🇰🇲 Comoros||In favor|
|🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis||Abstained|
|🇰🇵 North Korea||Against|
|🇰🇷 South Korea||In favor|
|🇱🇨 Saint Lucia||In favor|
|🇱🇮 Liechtenstein||In favor|
|🇱🇰 Sri Lanka||Abstained|
|🇱🇷 Liberia||In favor|
|🇱🇹 Lithuania||In favor|
|🇱🇺 Luxembourg||In favor|
|🇱🇻 Latvia||In favor|
|🇱🇾 Libya||In favor|
|🇲🇨 Monaco||In favor|
|🇲🇩 Moldova||In favor|
|🇲🇪 Montenegro||In favor|
|🇲🇭 Marshall Islands||In favor|
|🇲🇰 North Macedonia||In favor|
|🇲🇲 Myanmar||In favor|
|🇲🇹 Malta||In favor|
|🇲🇺 Mauritius||In favor|
|🇲🇼 Malawi||In favor|
|🇳🇱 Netherlands||In favor|
|🇳🇴 Norway||In favor|
|🇳🇷 Nauru||In favor|
|🇳🇿 New Zealand||In favor|
|🇵🇦 Panama||In favor|
|🇵🇪 Peru||In favor|
|🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea||In favor|
|🇵🇭 Philippines||In favor|
|🇵🇱 Poland||In favor|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||In favor|
|🇵🇼 Palau||In favor|
|🇵🇾 Paraguay||In favor|
|🇷🇴 Romania||In favor|
|🇷🇸 Serbia||In favor|
|🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||Abstained|
|🇸🇧 Solomon Islands||--|
|🇸🇨 Seychelles||In favor|
|🇸🇪 Sweden||In favor|
|🇸🇮 Slovenia||In favor|
|🇸🇰 Slovakia||In favor|
|🇸🇱 Sierra Leone||In favor|
|🇸🇲 San Marino||In favor|
|🇸🇸 South Sudan||Abstained|
|🇸🇹 Sao Tome and Principe||--|
|🇸🇻 El Salvador||Abstained|
|🇹🇩 Chad||In favor|
|🇹🇱 Timor Leste||In favor|
|🇹🇴 Tonga||In favor|
|🇹🇷 Turkey||In favor|
|🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago||Abstained|
|🇹🇻 Tuvalu||In favor|
|🇺🇦 Ukraine||In favor|
|🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates||Abstained|
|🇬🇧 United Kingdom||In favor|
|🇺🇸 United States||In favor|
|🇺🇾 Uruguay||In favor|
|🇻🇨 St Vincent and the Grenadines||Abstained|
|🇼🇸 Samoa||In favor|
|🇿🇦 South Africa||Abstained|
|🏴 Bosnia and Herzegovina||In favor|
Not surprisingly, all NATO countries voted in favor of suspending Russia from the Council. This includes Turkey, which has taken a more neutral stance than other allies since the invasion began. Altogether, 93 countries voted for the resolution.
On the other side, 24 countries voted against the resolution. China is perhaps the most significant “no” vote, citing a lack of openness and transparency in the process. Of course, Russia itself voted against the resolution.
A number of countries abstained from voting, most notably, India. Leading up to the vote, Moscow indicated that even an abstention would be viewed as an “unfriendly gesture” with consequences for bilateral ties.
This suspension adds to the list of actions taken against Russia—including heavy sanctions—as the country becomes more isolated from the international community—particularly Western nations.
What Does the UN Human Rights Council Do?
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a UN body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world.
The Council investigates breaches of human rights in UN member states and member countries address big picture human rights issues.
How Does the UN Human Rights Council Work?
The Council consists of 47 members, elected yearly by the General Assembly for staggered three-year terms.
Using the UN regional grouping system, members are selected to represent a diverse and fair mix of countries from around the world. Until its suspension, Russia was one of the two countries representing Eastern Europe, along with Ukraine.
Members are eligible for re-election for one additional term, after which they relinquish their seat.
How Much Prime Real Estate Could You Buy for $1 Million?
Is $1 million enough to buy you a luxury home? As this infographic shows, the answer varies greatly from city to city.
How Much Real Estate Could You Buy for $1 Million?
“There are three things that matter in property: location, location, location”
Those are words from Harold Samuel, a British real-estate mogul from the 1900s. Broadly speaking, it’s a quote that still holds true—property values in the world’s best cities have always been worth a pretty penny.
The scarcity of real estate is driven by trends such as urbanization, which is the migration of people into cities. While the first examples of cities were built thousands of years ago, it was only recently that the majority of the population began to live in them. In fact, the urban population just overtook the rural population for the first time in 2007.
Of course, certain cities simply hold more appeal for wealthy people, and as a result, competition in the prime real estate market can be fierce.
To learn more about the sky-high cost of prime property in cities, this infographic visualizes data from Knight Frank’s Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100).
What’s a Million Dollars Good For?
The following table lists the number of square feet that you could buy with one million dollars in various cities. We’ve included more cities on this list than in the graphic to create a more comprehensive comparison.
|City||Country||Square feet of prime property for $1 million (USD)|
|Hong Kong||🇨🇳 China||229|
|London||🇬🇧 United Kingdom||329|
|New York||🇺🇸 United States||358|
|Los Angeles||🇺🇸 United States||454|
|Miami||🇺🇸 United States||833|
|Cape Town||🇿🇦 South Africa||2,363|
|São Paulo||🇧🇷 Brazil||2,759|
Monaco, the most expensive city on this list, is incredibly land-constrained with an area of just 0.78 square miles. For context, New York’s Central Park is 1.31 square miles in size.
In second place is Hong Kong, which has become notorious for its difficult real estate market. Just 7% of the city is zoned for residential use, which pushes many of its citizens into sub-100 square feet micro apartments. These housing units offer grim living standards and are often referred to as “coffin homes”.
On the other side of the spectrum, Hong Kong recently set the record for the most expensive home in Asia. A 3,378 square foot penthouse sold for $59 million in 2021, translating to $17,500 per square foot.
What is Prime Real Estate?
You may be wondering what prime real estate is.
Knight Frank defines it as “the most desirable and expensive property in the area, generally defined as the top 5% of the market by value.” This suggests that the prices visualized above are on the upper end of the scale, and that more attainable homes are available.
» If you’re interested in urbanization, consider this infographic which ranks the 20 largest cities in the world.
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