What type of companies are involved in IP businesses?

Well, it depends what market you want to join.

First, check out Raymond Millien’s article “Landscape 2013: Who are the Players in the IP Marketplace?” and the directory on IPWatchdog to understand the different types of business models. Raymond gives a great overview on 20 different IP business models that should serve as an introduction for students to understand what type of companies you want to pursue.

After that, explore the other options below.




Company Lists


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Largest, fastest-growing and most industry-recognised patent portfolios in the US.

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • AMD
  • Apple
  • AT&T
  • Covidien
  • Ericsson
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • Globalfoundries
  • Hon Hai
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • Microsoft
  • Qualcomm
  • Research in Motion
  • Sony Corporation

Owners of the 10 biggest active US patent portfolios (in order):

  • Samsung
  • IBM
  • Canon
  • Panasonic
  • Sony
  • Toshiba
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hitachi
  • Microsoft
  • Intel


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