AMD ranks fifth in US patent office list

March 19, 2001 – Sunnyvale, CA – AMD announced that it ranked fifth among US based companies receiving patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2000. Additionally, AMD ranked 12th in the world.

AMD president and COO, Hector Ruiz said, “AMD received 1,055 parents last year. ?We think there?s a strong connection between AMD innovations, our continued success, and the number of awards won by our microprocessors and flash memory devices in recent years.”

AMD ranked among the top 25 companies in the number of new US patents received for the third year in a row. In 1998, AMD ranked 24th, and it ranked 17th in 1999. Ruiz commented, “Our rise on the patent list shows our growing status as a technology leader.”

In 2000, IBM Corp. ranked first in receiving patents, with 2,922. NEC was second, having received 2,034, while Canon, Samsung and Lucent round out the top five.


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