Technology

The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies

IBM topped the list with 9,130 patents. It has led the list for 28 years in a row. More than 5,000 of these were for artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, one of the largest consumer electronics firms in the world, ranked second with 6,415. Japan’s Canon, another huge electronics firm, ranked third with 3,225 patents. Microsoft ranked fourth at 2,905, followed by chip company Intel with 2,867.

Several of America’s best-known tech companies were high on the list. Apple ranked eighth with 2,792 patents. Amazon ranked 11th with 2,244.

Of the car companies that made the top 20, Toyota had 2,079 patents, which put it in 14th place. Ford took 15th place with 2,025, and Hyundai ranked 20th with 1,464.

These are the 24/7 Wall St. 50 most innovative companies:

Owner 2020
IBM 9,130
Samsung Electronics 6,415
Canon 3,225
Microsoft 2,905
Intel Corp 2,867
Taiwan Semiconductor 2,833
LG Electronics 2,831
Apple 2,792
Huawei Technologies 2,761
Qualcomm 2,276
Amazon 2,244
Sony 2,239
BOE Technology 2,144
Toyota 2,079
Ford 2,025
Samsung Display 1,902
Google 1,817
General Electric 1,760
Micron Technology 1,535
Hyundai 1,464
Boeing 1,435
Ericsson 1,366
Seiko Epson 1,334
Kia Motors 1,323
Panasonic 1,283
AT&T 1,238
Honda 1,205
Mitsubishi Electric 1,204
Texas Instruments 1,147
EMC 1,094
Cisco 1,059
Sharp 1,042
Denso 1,030
LG Display 989
Robert Bosch 965
Toshiba 957
LG Chem 947
Facebook 938
NEC 937
SK Hynix 930
Ricoh 928
Fujitsu 917
Koninklijke Philips 874
Hewlett Packard Development 873
Dell Products 849
Fujifilm 814
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 807
GM Global Technology Operations 781
Halliburton 771
Murata Manufacturing 764