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Which company has racked up the most patents in the United States over the last 12 months? That has always brought with it bragging rights, along with offering a general sense of a company’s innovative capacities. Believe it or not, the winner is not Google Inc., although they finally made it to the top 50, according to figures from IFI Claims Patent Services, a company which produces databases of patent information. The search giant ranked No. 21 with 1,151 patents. Still, that just edged out Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which received 1,136 grants.