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Since the 2009 Bitcoin whitepaper, crypto currencies have risen in value, enabled decentralized global trade, but also endured market value fluctuation, theft, and use as tender for illegal transactions. Blockchain-based technology grows in interest to large and small corporations and investors, many of which are staking their claims within this emerging intellectual property sector by filing patent applications with the USPTO. The Cryptocurrency 2018 Report includes expert analyst opinion and insights, the full underlying dataset or all granted and published patents, plus access to the patent radar visualization.


Top 10 Corporate Owners


 
Issued Patent Count   
 
Published Pending Application Count

Corporation Patents and Published Applications Count
1. IBM
 
 
142
2. Bank of America
 
 
105
3. Inventor
 
 
92
4. Mastercard
 
 
59
5. PayPal
 
 
39
6. Alibaba Group Holding Limited
 
39
7. Visa
 
 
38
8. Nchain Holdings Ltd
 
 
34
9. Intel
 
 
32
10. Intertrust
 
 
31




Category and Tag Distribution

Category and Tags Patents and Published Applications
  • Digital Computing
  •  
    260
    98 Distributed Apps, 98 Analytics, 46 Mining, 18 Auditing
  • Industrial Areas
  •  
    952
    95 Tracking, 82 Ecommerce, 79 Finance, 77 Incentives, 72 Digital Rights, 63 Identity Management, 62 Digital Media, 55 Gambling, 51 Admin Mgmt, 49 Video Games, 43 Social Networks, 35 Telecom, 35 Healthcare, 33 Energy, 31 Transportation, 21 Internet of Things, 21 Property, 20 Voting, 9 Geolocation, 9 Sports, 7 Software, 3 Manufacturing
  • Network
  •  
    131
    79 Protocols, 52 Topologies
  • Payment Architecture
  •  
    801
    527 Payment Systems, 123 Ecash, 61 Wallet, 56 Currency Conversion, 34 Card
  • Security
  •  
    716
    419 Authentication, 297 Cryptography


    Recent Published Activity in Cryptocurrency as of November 20, 2019