Samsung knows a thing or two about patents. They have, after all, been on the wrong side of litigation accusing the company of infringement on others’ intellectual property. But they have also been on the other side of the courtroom, and if last year’s patent filings are any indication Samsung’s arsenal is stronger than ever before.
Analyst Chetan Sharma crunched the numbers and determined that Samsung picked up the most new mobile patents in 2012. The number edges out Nokia to give Samsung the largest number of mobile patents granted since 1996. Apple perhaps surprisingly doesn’t even make the top 10 for new patents.
Overall, mobile is big business in the intellectual property world. accounting for 25 percent of all patents granted in the US. While only a fraction of technologies covered by such newly issued patents ever make it to the consumer, as long as companies can gain legal protection though them, the litigation is sure to follow.