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Facebook Surges in U.S. Patent Rankings Due to Mounting AR Strategy – Road to VR

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    An analysis of U.S. patents done by Fairview Research reveals that Facebook has made a significant surge in its year-over-year ranking for patents granted in 2019, something partly owed to its increased number of patents surrounding augmented reality. The news was first reported by Bloomberg.

    The social media giant is still only in 36th place for companies granted U.S. patents, which in 2019 tallied a total of 989. This represents a 64 percent increase over the number of patents granted to the company in 2018 however, which consequently bumped the company up the rankings by an astounding 22 places.

    Here’s a quick look at the top ten in comparison to Facebook, courtesy of Fairview Research:

    Organization 2019 Grants 2018 Grants % Change Rank Change
    1 International Business Machines Corp 9,262 9,100 2 0
    2 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 6,469 5,850 11 0
    3 Canon Inc 3,548 3,056 16 0
    4 Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC 3,081 2,353 31 3
    5 Intel Corp 3,020 2,735 10 -1
    6 LG Electronics Inc 2,805 2,474 14 -1
    7 Apple Inc 2,490 2,160 15 2
    8 Ford Global Technologies LLC 2,468 2,123 16 2
    9 Amazon Technologies Inc 2,427 2,035 19 3
    10 Huawei Technologies Co Ltd 2,418 1,680 44 6
    36 Facebook Inc 989 602 64 22

     

    Bloomberg notes that Facebook’s ‘Optical Elements’ category showed a nearly six-fold jump year-over-year, tallying a total of 169 patents. A majority of that growth however is said to come from the ‘Heads-Up Displays’ sub-category, which can either serve augmented or virtual reality depending on its intended use.

    Of the many granted, here’s a few of the most interesting AR/VR patents we’ve found: