A press release came in yesterday from the folks at
Peregrine Semiconductor boasting (deservedly) about their ranking at 4th
place in the Semiconductor category of the
2016 Patent Power Pipeline report. An interactive bar chart and world map allows you to
select from 17 categories (singularly or mixed). Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) came in at #1, RF Micro Devices
(RFMD, now Qorvo) ranked #9 (BTW, there are some very talented former RFMD people I know who
now work for Peregrine). Qorvo is in 11th
Rankings are based on records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as the
the end of 2015. Note that the numbers presented on the chart represent a "Pipeline Power,"
calculated as follows:
Pipeline Power = (number of 2015 patents) x (Pipeline
x (Adjusted Pipeline Impact) x (Pipeline Originality)
x (Pipeline Generality)
When all of the categories are selected, Google is the walk-away Pipeline Power leader
with nearly twice the ranking of the runner-up, Apple. Ford comes in at #6 and Intel follows
at #7. Microsoft, once the king of all such surveys, now sits in 11th place, just behind IBM.
Don't overlook the scrollbar on the right side of the chart; use it to scroll down the
list (only 18 are shown at a time. I counted about 460 companies in the complete list.
Posted September 12, 2017