And the winner is Google... by a nose. According to figures released this week by IFI Claims Patent Services, Google edged out Apple in 2012 in the race to secure as much intellectual property as possible.
If you don't think there's actually a race going on, you may want to reconsider that view. With patent claims and intellectual property rights translating to big business for the tech world these days, little by little the biggest industry momentum is going to those with the most valuable patents in their arsenal.
Of the top 50 patent grabbers of 2012, Google placed No. 21 overall with 1,151 patents. Apple secured just 15 fewer patents (1,136).
For Google to hit the top 50 patenting companies in 2012, it must have been making significant efforts in filing for a few years, given the long delays that often happen between filing a patent application and receiving a granted patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Source: CBS News