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December 06, 2019

Samsung has third most AI patents: report

PUBLISHED : June 07, 2019 - 12:59

UPDATED : June 07, 2019 - 12:59

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Tech giant Samsung Electronics holds the third-largest number of patents related to artificial intelligence, coming behind US tech firms Microsoft and IBM, a report showed on June 7.

A recent report by Germany-based market research firm IPlytics shows that Microsoft has the most of AI-related patents, 18,363, as of January, followed by IBM with 15,046 and Samsung with 11,243.


Chung Eui-suk, head of software and artificial intelligence at Samsung’s mobile communications business. Samsung



Among the top 10 companies, five, including Qualcomm and Google came fourth and fifth, respectively, are based in the United States, two in Japan, one in South Korea, one in the Netherlands and one Germany, the report showed.

The number of AI-related patents per year has jumped from 22,913 in 2008 to 78,085 in 2018 as more tech companies have delved into the replication of human intelligence by machines for use in a wide range of industries, it noted.

“The more countries in which an invention has been patented, the higher the perceived international market potential for the patented invention,” the study said.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker by sales, has been racing to propel innovation in the AI sector, having been working on various types of AI applications in smartphones and other electronics in its AI labs.

It previously announced that its all electronic devices would come fitted with AI functionality by 2020

By Kim Young-won (wone0102@heraldcorp.com)

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