January 12, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Among the World's Top 10 in US Patents for the Third Straight Year

SEOUL, Korea - January 12, 2001 - IFI Claims Patent Services, an organization that compiles patent database and conducts a survey on the number of US patents given to companies each year, issued a report on January 10 that stated Samsung Electronics received 1,442 US patents in 2000, ranking the company fourth in the world.
Samsung first entered the top ten in 1998, when the company came in sixth place for obtaining 1,306 US patents that year. In 1999, the company was awarded 1,544 patents in the US, for a fourth place finish. Thus, 2000 marks the third consecutive year that Samsung Electronics has been among the world's top ten in US patents received.
The patents that Samsung received last year were evenly distributed throughout its business areas, including next-generation memory chips, TFT-LCDs (thin film transistor-liquid crystal display), IMT-2000 and MPEG4 technology.
Those companies that are awarded the most patents in the US are all top competitors in such fields as semiconductors, information & communications and digital media. They include Sony (6th), Micron Technology (7th), Toshiba (8th), Motorola (9th), Hewlett-Packard (16th) and Intel (19th). Samsung Electronics' placing ahead of these world-renowned corporations bodes well for the company's future.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with 1999 sales revenue of US$22.8 billion, is a world leader in the electronics industry. The Korea based company has operations in over 50 countries with 54,000 employees worldwide. The company consists of three main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductors and Information & Communications Businesses. For more information, please visit our website, http://samsungelectronics.com


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