Whatever you do, don’t open the link.
In honor of the awarding of the 10 millionth patent in June, an industrial equipment firm called Kempler Industries has released a set of statistics on the best places and companies for patent innovation [link omitted]. Apple ranks surprisingly low, but that’s likely due to a methodology that values all patents issued equally.
In terms of “the most creative companies” — defined by Kempler as the companies that were issued the most patents in the year 2017 — Apple comes in 11th. IBM is first, with Apple suppliers Intel, LG, Qualcomm, and TSMC all ranking ahead of it. Samsung is also ahead of Apple on the rankings twice, listed as both Samsung and Samsung Electronics.
Also, a spot check performed by AppleInsider found a significant volume of the patents issued to IBM and other firms covering the same invention, with minor permutations of the titles and contents to differentiate the inventions.
The study does not assess the utility of the patents, nor their use in shipping products.
My take: I agree with AppleInsider, but I think they may have been trolled. According to the Better Business Bureau, Kempler Industries is a 56-year-old Elk Grove Village, Illinois, company that wholesales second-hand equipment and machinery. This is what Safari says about the link: