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  • IBM Inventors Produce a Record 7,534 Patents in 2014

    IBM Inventors Produce a Record 7,534 Patents in 2014

    Date added: 2015-01-12

    Yorktown Heights, NY/January 12, 2015 -- IBM broke the U.S. patent record in 2014, becoming the first company to surpass 7,000 patents in a single year as it topped the annual U.S. patent ranking for the 22nd consecutive time. IBM's record 2014 patent total included more than 3,000 inventions – 40% of its annual total – in the company's strategic growth areas of cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security. Over the past five years, IBM has more than doubled its annual output of patents in these areas. More than 8,500 IBM inventors around the world, including researcher Stacy Hobson (pictured), produced 7,534 patents for the company in 2014. Hobson was awarded four patents in 2014, including #8,635,673 for an invention that automatically controls the flow of data shared between computers and mobile devices. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)



  • Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Scripps Scientist Visits Sierra Leone Hospital

    Date added: 2014-12-03

    Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire of the Ollmann Saphire laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute, at the Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Dr. Saphire is leading citizen science project to crowdsource a virtual supercomputer on IBM's World Communiity Grid that will help her lab find a cure for the Ebola virus. Anyone with a computer or Android-based mobile device can now download a safe and free app from IBM's World Community Grid ( that puts their computing devices to work when the machines would otherwise be idle. With their collective processing power, the computers will form a virtual supercomputer to help The Scripps Research Institute screen millions of chemical compounds to identify new drug leads for treating Ebola. (Credit: Pardis Sabeti)



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