FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. DNA may be the building blocks of life, but can something taken from it be the building blocks of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly? The Supreme Court will grapple with that question Monday, April 15, 2013, as it delves into an issue that could reshape medical research in the United States, in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer, and the billion-dollar medical and biotechnology business: Can human genes be patented? The court's decision could have a wide-ranging effect. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Google received 1,851 patents, a 62 percent jump from last year, and moved just ahead of its Silicon Valley rival Apple.
Google's significant rise in patents was reported by research firm IFI, and shows the tech company ranked 11 on the list of awarded patents (IBM was No. 1), according to GigaOm. Apple was No. 13, with 1775 patents awarded.