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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 Application Count

Corporation Patents and Published Applications Count
1. IBM
 
 
172
2. Bank of America
 
 
111
3. Inventor
 
 
109
4. Mastercard
 
 
61
5. Paypal,inc
 
 
40
6. Alibaba Group Holding Limited
 
39
7. Visa
 
 
38
8. Intel
 
 
36
9. Nchain Holdings Ltd
 
 
36
10. Toronto–Dominion Bank
 
 
34




Invention Categorization and Classification

Categorization and Classification Patents and Published Applications
  • Digital Computing
  •  
    285
    108 Distributed Apps , 104 Analytics , 52 Mining , 21 Auditing
  • Industrial Areas
  •  
    1045
    109 Tracking , 87 Ecommerce , 87 Finance , 80 Incentives , 77 Digital Rights , 71 Identity Management , 68 Digital Media , 62 Gambling , 57 Admin Mgmt , 54 Video Games , 48 Social Networks , 42 Energy , 39 Telecom , 38 Healthcare , 33 Transportation , 22 Internet of Things , 21 Property , 21 Voting , 9 Geolocation , 9 Sports , 8 Software , 3 Manufacturing
  • Network
  •  
    137
    83 Protocols , 54 Topologies
  • Payment Architecture
  •  
    893
    614 Payment Systems , 124 Ecash , 65 Wallet , 56 Currency Conversion , 34 Card
  • Security
  •  
    824
    486 Authentication , 338 Cryptography


    Recent Published Activity in Cryptocurrency as of February 27, 2020