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20 Years of IBM Patent Leadership

20 Years of Patent Leadership

IBM inventors received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.This is the 20th consecutive year that IBM topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

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10 Jan 2013 IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year


  • A Patent Milestone

    A Patent Milestone

    Date added: 10 Jan 2013

    IBM topped the U.S. patent list for the 20th consecutive year in 2012. The company's inventors received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for a range of inventions that will enable advancements across key domains, such as analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, and a new era of cognitive computing systems. IBM Master Inventor Stephen Bedell (pictured) shows a new class of flexible and versatile semiconductor materials enabled by U.S. Patent #8,247,261 that will power ultra-thin, lightweight and flexible products and can be applied to a wide range of technologies such as biomedical, security, wearable computing and solid-state lighting. (Credit: Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

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