EVERETT — Boeing workers were some of the most creative in the world in 2016.
Last year, the company was awarded or applied for 2,266 patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to data compiled by Sqoop, a data-mining website.
That was the 24th highest among companies.
Samsung finished first with 20,875, followed by IBM with 16,862 and LG at 8,997.
Microsoft had the highest tally among Washington-based companies. The tech giant had 5,566 patent awards and applications in 2016, good enough for 8th highest among all companies. That is up from 2015, when it had 4,843.
Amazon had the 34th highest tally with 1,659 last year. In 2015, it had 1,133 patent awards and applications.
Boeing recorded a total of 1,936 in 2015.