Qualcomm Leads San Diego Patent Filings in Our Top 25 List

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the patents granted. Japan was second, accounting for 23 percent of the total and Germany was third, with 6 percent.

In reporting its results, IFI says interest in protecting intellectual property is on an upswing, both in the United States and abroad. In the U.S., the patent office issued a total of 157,774 utility patents in 2008, up slightly from 2007. And that seems borne out by our San Diego list, at least for this year’s top 25, which collectively received slightly more patents than last year. Finally, IFI cautions that its tallies—and the rankings—are based only on the patents issued to companies’ operations in the San Diego region. So, for example, patents awarded to SAIC business units in Virginia would not be included in the rankings for San Diego.

Here’s the top 25 list:

Rank      Company   — Patents ’08   —  Patents ’07

1.    Qualcomm   (Wireless)     —    283    —    275
2.    Callaway Golf    (Sporting Goods) — 64 —57
3.    SAIC    (IT, Contractor, R&D)    —  41  —  32
4.    Kyocera Wireless    (Wireless)   — 38  —  43
5.    Cymer    (Laser, Semiconductors)  — 34 — 32
6.    AMCC    (Semiconductors)        —    22  —  32
Isis Pharmaceuticals    (Biotech)   —  22  — 31
8.    Fallbrook Technologies    (Automotive)  — 21 — 31
9.    Gen-Probe    (Biotech)  — 19 —  14
10.  Dot Hill Systems    (Data Storage) — 18   — 3
11.  Takeda San Diego  [previously Syrrx]   (Biotech) — 15 — 13
12. Maxwell Technologies   (Energy Storage) — 14  — 10
13. Qualcomm MEMS   (Communications) — 13 —  4
Life Technologies  [previously Invitrogen]   (Biotech) — 13 — 29
Pulse-Link    (Semiconductors)  — 13  —  5
16. General Atomics    (Contractor, R&D)  — 12  — 14
Taylor Made Golf    (Sporting Goods)  — 12  —  19
18. Senomyx    (Biotech)  — 11  — 11
19. ViaSat    (Communications)  — 10 — 7
Biosite Diagnostics    (Biotech)  — 10 — 2
Signal Pharmaceuticals    (Biotech) — 10 — 7
Verenium  [previously Diversa]    (Biotech) — 10 — 7
23. Luxtera    (Biotech)  — 8 — 20
Cardinal Health    (Medical Equipment)  — 8 — 14
Cubic Corp  (Defense, Transportation)  — 8  —  5
Trex Enterprises  (Contractor, R&D)  — 8 — 7

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