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A sales assistant uses her mobile phone next to the company logos of Apple and Samsung at a store in Hefei, Anhui province September 10, 2014. Reuters

The future of technology companies is largely dependent on the innovations they make at present. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Samsung Electronics Inc and Apple Inc are stout rivals, competing who can introduce first the latest technological advancements. Latest patent registrations, however, shows Samsung is kicking Apple's ass.

Samsung has beaten Apple in terms of the number of patent registrations. A new data from the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals Samsung currently has 4,143 registered innovations, a mile away from Apple's 1,559 registrations.

Between 1 January and 1 August 2017, Samsung has the second highest number of patent registrations in the US following IBM with 5,797 registrations, while Apple is in the sixth place. Also on the list are tech titans like Intel, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook.

Since 2010, IBM has registered a total of 53,925 patents, placing itself on top. The IBM is also followed by Samsung with a total of 44,301 patents.

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US Patent & Trademark Office

Patents are not guaranteed to be converted into an actual working technology, but with Samsung's sweeping lead over Apple, could it be possible that Samsung delivers more technological advancements year after year than Apple in the smartphone landscape, at least?

One of Samsung's newest patent registrations is a "secret agent smartphone" as Patently Apple calls it. It was granted on 27 June by the US Patent and Trademark Office with patent design D790,540.

Early in July, IBTimes Singapore reported that Apple had been granted 43 patents and one of them is a pair of fitness-tracking AirPods designed to monitor an individual's heart rate and body temperature, which could include advanced capabilities related to medical technologies.