Top 10 tech patent list released

American companies are trashing Japanese companies in a list of firms that have made the patent grade.

That’s according to Nikkei, which reveals today that IBM tops the top 10 patent companies based on research from 1980 to now.

Big Blue leads the list, while Canon trails in at number two, the wire says and the rest of the top 10 is dominated by Americanos.

Surprisingly, Micron, an American firm that makes memory devices is third, then comes Korean chaebol Samsung, with Panasonic at number five.

The next five are the Intel Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, General Electric and Hitachi.

The list is compiled by a Tokyo based company called Patent Result, and the Nikkei story is here (subscription needed).