IBM Has Most U.S. Patents for 24th Consecutive Year

Janis ColeJan 11, 2017

Based on the number of patents awarded in 2016, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the most innovative companies. This places IBM as having as much as 22 patent awards per day also placing the company to have received more than 8,000 USA patents in just one year.

IBM's total was nearly 2,500 higher than second placed firm Samsung which registered 5,518 patents, and far ahead of Canon in third on 3,665. Not all companies enjoyed the growth IBM achieved; whilst Samsung noted a close to 9% increase on the prior year, Canon's grant count dropped by over 11%.

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IBM Corp. announced today that its inventors were granted 8,088 patents in 2016, breaking the us patent record and becoming the first company to exceed 8,000 patents in a single year. Cisco climbed two spots on the ranking to No. 34, earning 978 patents previous year compared to 960 in 2015. Notably, one company has been on the top for the last 24 years in a row. The two enterprises were ranked at 96 and 82 respectively.

Patents picked out for your reading pleasure by Big Blue include its July 2016 filing, "Training machine learning models for open-domain question answering system", which relates to machine learning in response to freeform verbal questions posed by humans.

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According to ITWorld, the top five companies with the most patents in 2016 are the same companies with the most patents in 2015.

IBM inventors also patented more than 1,600 inventions that can help advance the field of cloud computing, with patent #9,329,908 used to pro-actively identify hotspots in a cloud computing environment, including the server, storage and network where a resource constraint is likely to occur causing performance problems. However, it has increased its patent take by eight percent to 2,012 patents. The twelfth spot was occupied by Samsung Display Co Ltd with 2,023 patents. Apple, on the other hand, did not even feature in the top 10.

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Interestingly, most of these patents do not necessarily mean we will see them in our devices, in reality, most of these patents will not see the light of day unless they are licensed for fees to other companies who might want to exploit these technologies.

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