The U.S. Patent system is one of our most important indicators of economic growth as a nation.
Topping the list of companies with the most patents is IBM, which received 4,914 patents in 2009 alone. General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Hewlett-Packard follow shortly on Forbes’ list.
Ranking among these household names is Hillyard, Inc., an equally successful yet often-forgotten contemporary. It is rare that one comes across a company with a history as rich and consistent in invention as Hillyard’s.