February 10, 2010 09:05
Korea filed the fourth highest number of international patent applications last year, the same rank as in 2008, while LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics both ranked among the top 20 companies with the most patent filings worldwide.
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization on Tuesday, Korea filed 8,066 international patent applications under the WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty in 2009, up 2.1 percent from 2008. It ranked fourth after the U.S., Japan and Germany.
Japan's Panasonic Corporation filed the most applications of any company, followed by Huawei Technologies of China and Germany's Robert Bosch GMBH. LG Electronics moved up one notch from 2008 to seventh place, while Samsung Electronics climbed two ranks to 17th.
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