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Fast Money’s 'Patented' Trade Possibilities

*This post was updated on Tuesday April 10th. An earlier version omitted the source for the information in the tables below. It now correctly credits IFI Claims Patent Services.

Shares of AOL surged on Monday, touching their highest level in 2 years, after the company agreed to sell and license patents to Microsoft in a deal valued at $1 billion.

AOL said it plans to return a "significant portion of the sale proceeds" to shareholders.

On the news we're thinking you might be curious to learn about other companies that hold valuable patent portfolios. Although we wanted to demand patent information from every company out there - that didn't seem realistic.

However, we were able to find out which companies applied for the most patents last year.

Maulin V. Shah, managing director & founder of Envision IP crunched the numbers for us and came up with the following:

Top Companies Receiving US Patents (Worldwide)

Company US Patents Granted (2011)
IBM 6,180
Samsung 4,894
Canon2,821
Panasonic 2,559
Toshiba2,483

Source: IFI Claims Patent Services

Top Companies Receiving US Patents (US-based)

CompanyUS Patents Granted (2011)
IBM 6,180
Microsoft 2,311
GE1,448
Hewlett Packard 1,308
Intel1,244

Source: IFI Claims Patent Services

“Many companies holds tons of patents, valuable patents," Shah tells us. In fact, Shah is currently working with a little known company in Japan, which he says holds valuable patents in social media.

Curious? Get all the details. Watch the video now!






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