IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record, Tops Patent List for 19th Consecutive Year
At this point, IBM’s annual patent leadership is almost a bit of a yawner.
You know, the awe-inspiring, intellectual property-excited kind of yawn.
I say that, because IBM announced it set a new U.S. patent record in 2011, marketing the 19th consecutive year the company has led the annual list of patent recipients.
IBM inventors earned a record 6,180 U.S. patents in 2011, more than quadrupling Hewlett-Packard’s issuances and exceeding by six times those of Oracle/Sun.
Averaged out, that’s 16.93 patents per day!
In 2011, more than 8,000 IBMers residing in 46 different U.S. States and 36 countries were responsible for the company’s record-breaking 2011 patent tally.
IBM inventors who reside outside the U.S. contributed to more than 26% of the company’s 2011 patents.
The more than 6,000 patents IBMers received in 2011 represent a range of inventions that enable new innovations and add significant value to the company’s products, services, including smarter solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, transportation and other industries.
These patented inventions also span a wide range of computing technologies poised to support a new generation of more cognitive, intelligent and insight-driven systems, processes and infrastructures for smarter commerce, shopping, medicine, transportation, and more.