The number of patents a company files can show both how innovative and protected it is.
Some people in the tech industry have shied away from building up war chests full of patents. In a bold move last year, Elon Musk announced that Tesla would give away all of its patents for free.
Tech companies are being pulled in two different directions — they stock up on patents or give them up in the name of “co-opetition.”
Using IFI Claims, we took a look at the tech companies that filed the most U.S. patents in 2014.
HP CEO Meg Whitman
Here, the patent is described in more detail.
GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt delivers opening remarks for an event in D.C.
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014.
Google founders Larry Page (L) Sergey Brin talk with members of the media at Google Press Day 2006 May 10, 2006 in Mountain View, California
Visitors walk past the Qualcomm stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 24, 2014. The world's biggest mobile brands will jostle for the spotlight at the premier mobile industry event this week in Spain, but away from the glitzy displays chipmakers will be preoccupied with China, the largest mobile market on the planet.
Toshiba Corp. demonstrates its communications android named Ms. Aiko Chihira that can use sign language and introduce itself, at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) JAPAN 2014 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, October 7, 2014. Over 500 companies and organisations exhibited at CEATEC JAPAN 2014, which will be held until October 11, 2014.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
A man walks in front of Sony Corp's headquarters in Tokyo January 22, 2009.
IBM's Watson data analytics super computer
The company's 2014 patent count was more than all of the patents filed by Accenture, Amazon, Google, HP, Intel and Oracle -- combined.
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