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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
 
 
209
2. Inventor
 
 
135
3. Bank of America
 
 
114
4. Mastercard
 
 
65
5. Alibaba Group Holding Limited
 
 
45
6. Paypal,inc
 
 
41
7. Nchain Holdings Ltd
 
 
41
8. Visa
 
 
40
9. Intel
 
 
37
10. Toronto–Dominion Bank
 
 
34




Invention Categorization and Classification

Categorization and Classification Patents and Published Applications
  • Payment Architecture
  •  
    971
    687 Payment Systems , 125 Ecash , 68 Wallet , 57 Currency Conversion , 34 Card
  • Industrial Areas
  •  
    1068
    110 Tracking , 89 Finance , 87 Ecommerce , 80 Incentives , 77 Digital Rights , 72 Identity Management , 67 Digital Media , 67 Gambling , 57 Admin Mgmt , 55 Video Games , 49 Social Networks , 49 Energy , 41 Telecom , 38 Healthcare , 35 Transportation , 22 Internet of Things , 22 Property , 21 Voting , 10 Sports , 9 Geolocation , 8 Software , 3 Manufacturing
  • Security
  •  
    936
    562 Authentication , 374 Cryptography
  • Digital Computing
  •  
    297
    113 Distributed Apps , 108 Analytics , 55 Mining , 21 Auditing
  • Network
  •  
    141
    87 Protocols , 54 Topologies


    Recent Published Activity in Cryptocurrency as of April 9, 2020