ipIQ, an technology analysis firm, ranked Micron Technology number one in the semiconductor industry in its 2006 Patent Scorecard, an annual industry-by-industry qualitative analysis measuring corporate innovation. Micron is a leading provider of CMOS image sensors and advanced memory products. In total, Micron has secured more than 15,500 issued patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other international patent offices. In 2005, the company maintained its position in the top 10 for the sixth consecutive year for annual issuances by receiving 1,561 U.S. issued patents.
According to ipIQ, patent-based IP continues to be a driving force in determining not only corporate, but also regional and national economic success. The ipIQ Patent Scorecard tracks the United States patent portfolios of more than 2,500 of the world’s top technology firms, and the largest of the 15 industries it tracks is semiconductors with an average of more than 20,000 patents per year. To identify each industry patent leader, ipIQ uses what it calls patent-quality indicators to analyze patent quality, technical power and breadth of impact for the year ending December 31, 2005.