29 Feb '12, 11pm

Report details Apple's #patent holdings:

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple Inc. has roughly 15,500 patents, about 8.500 of which are U.S. patents, according to a new report detailing the tech giant's patent portfolio. Apple is named as the assignee of 84 percent of its patents, according to the report, which was published by UBM TechInsights. UBM TechInsights is owned by the same parent company that owns EE Times, UBM plc. The assignee field is left blank in about 10 percent of Apple's patents, although most appear to be Apple-generated, according to the report. Third-party acquisitions account for just over 5 percent of Apple's patents, while individual investors account for less than 0.5 percent, the report found. Among Apple's top 25 inventors is co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, according to the report. "What is interesting to note about the acquisitions is the understanding it provides into the direction Apple is goin...

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