“Apple was granted a total of 1,135 patents in 2012, ranking it 21st among companies worldwide, up from 39th a year prior,” AppleInsider reports.

“The inventions granted to Apple in the U.S. were ahead of noteworthy companies such as Texas Instruments, AT&T, Research in Motion and Sharp, according to data published Thursday by IFI Claims,” AppleInsider reports. “The number of patents granted to Apple also represented a 68 percent increase from 2011, according to The New York Times.”

AppleInsider reports, “Apple finished just behind rival Google, which won 1,151 patents in 2012 and took 21st place. And Samsung was in second place among all companies with 5,081 patents, more than four times Apple’s haul.”

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