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2009 IBM Patent Leadership

2009 IBM Patent Leadership

Year after year, IBMers patent inventions that can improve our lives with the help of technology. In 2009, IBM inventors received 4,914 patents for a range of potentially world-changing inventions -- from sending alarms to hearing impaired individuals during fires and other emergencies, to dynamically managing images on a digital camera, to enabling smart traffic management during crisis response situations.

Even though IBM continues to outpace its competitors on the invention and innovation front, our leadership in this area is about much more than just numbers.  It’s about paving the way for smarter patent systems and processes  -- and making invention expertise and best practices and technologies available to others.  Consistent with this approach, other organizations can now license IBM’s know-how and patent management software to help them effectively evaluate their patent portfolios, identify new patent opportunities, and more closely align their business and IP strategies.

Listen to a podcast:  Building a Smarter Planet - Patents.  2009 marked the 17th consecutive year IBM has received more U.S. patents than any other company in the world. In this episode, we get a glimpse into the world of IBM patent innovation.

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12 Jan 2010 IBM Earns Most U.S. Patents for 17th Consecutive Year; Will Offer Licenses to Patent Portfolio Management Know-How


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    IBM Marks 17th Consecutive Year of U.S. Patent Leadership

    Date added: 12 Jan 2010

    IBM inventor, John Gunnels, holds U.S. Patent #7,506,196, one of 4,914 patents IBM received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2009 -- the 17th consecutive year IBM topped the annual list of patent holders. Gunnels received patent #7,506,196 for an invention that enables IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer to run with the assurance that its internal communications network is functioning properly.

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