According to the data from USPTO, Microsoft was awarded 1,133 patents in 2015 so far. This number is behind Samsung, IBM and Google. This is the first time, Google is coming ahead of Microsoft in terms of patent applications. Even though this is not the final number for the year of 2015, Google is most likely to beat Microsoft in terms of no.of patent applications applied. Check out the graph below, Google was well behind Microsoft just 4 years back. After realizing the importance of IP, Google is also now investing in lots of basic research leading to new patent applications.