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Companies Filed Fewer Patents in 2020

One tech company filed the most. And it wasn’t Google.

Photo illustration with text “1% The decline in the number of patents granted in the United States last year. “
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1%: That’s the approximate decline in the number of patents granted in the United States last year, according to TechCrunch.

The drop in the number of patents granted — from 354,428 in 2019 to 352,013 — seems likely to be a side…