IBM has topped the US patent filings for the 24th year in a row, with Artificial Intelligence patents pushing granted patents beyond the 8,000 mark.

Samsung, Canon and Qualcomm are next on the list, and there are notable rises for Google and Microsoft too.

Amazon grew by 46% compared to 2015 figures - a significant increase indeed.

From a UK patent market perspective, these figures underline the significance of new technology driving the demand in private practice for attorneys with the right drafting and prosecution skill-set to handle US cases.

From an agency viewpoint, vacancies for CPA and EPA qualified attorneys continue to increase.