Sample of 2012 patent innovation

Explore some of the 2012 IBM patents that reshape how companies apply technology in today's Smarter Planet, and those that lay the groundwork for the new era of cognitive systems.


U.S. Patent #8,200,477: Method and system for extracting opinions from text documents - This patented invention describes a technique for extracting opinions about subjects of interest from a text document in which each sentence is analyzed individually to identify the opinions.

U.S. Patent #8,121,741: Intelligent monitoring of an electrical utility grid - This patent describes a method that uses sensors and intelligent electricity meters to remotely monitor, manage and adjust power usage across an electric grid.

U.S. Patent #8,150,611: System and methods for providing predictive traffic information – This patented invention describes a method for delivering traffic information to drivers predicatively via the global positioning satellite (GPS) systems in their vehicles.

U.S. Patent #8,248,801 Thermoelectric-enhanced, liquid-cooling apparatus and method for facilitating dissipation of heat - This invention describes a method which facilitates cooling of one or more components in an computer system electronics rack though the use of coolant loops and liquid-to-air heat exchange, which limits the temperature of the air that is exhausted into a data center.

U.S. Patent #8,286,243: Blocking intrusion attacks at an offending host - This patented invention provides a method for protecting a network from attacks by blocking transmission of the intrusion at the host or hosts from which they are being launched.

U.S. Patent #8,266,075: Electric vehicle charging transaction interface for managing electric vehicle charging transactions - This invention describes a system and transaction plan for managing transactions generated by electric vehicle connected to charging stations in accordance with an energy transaction plan.

U.S. Patent #8,311,683: Processor cooling management - This patented invention provides a method for improving and increasing the efficiency of microprocessors within a data processing system by dynamically analyzing and adjusting the cooling settings of all processors in a system.