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A strong patent portfolio is at the core of branded pharmaceutical firms.
Accordingly, one way to assess the relative strength of pharmaceutical firms is to compare their patent-counts.
This chart shows the pharmaceutical companies with the greatest number of active patents.
The drug companies with the most unexpired patents are Novartis, Takeda Pharms Usa, Novartis Pharms Corp, Allergan, Boehringer Ingelheim, Galderma Labs Lp, Abbvie, Sanofi Aventis Us, Merck Sharp Dohme, and Astrazeneca Pharms.