Patent Leadership

IBM Research is the innovation arm of IBM, driving 24 consecutive years of U.S. patent leadership and sustaining IBM's commitment to being the world's technology and innovation leader.

 

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IBM First in Patents for 24th Consecutive Year

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Patent leadership

IBM is the first company to surpass more than 8,000 patents in a single year

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IBM patented more than 2,700 AI and cognitive computing inventions in 2016

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IBM inventors were granted more than 22 patents per day in 2016

IBM Research and Patent Innovation

In 2016, IBM inventors were granted 8,088 patents -- more than 22 patents per day -- enabling the company to become the first to surpass 8,000 patents in a single year. This is the result of our commitment to strategic R&D that drives progress in business and society. IBM provides its researchers with freedom, time and resources to explore and patent their ideas. And when those ideas take off, IBM is ready to use the patented inventions to develop leading-edge products and services and protect its freedom of action in the marketplace.

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2016 U.S. Patents: Top 10 Companies

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Featured 2016 U.S. Patents

Featured inventor

Patenting a better cloud

When coming up with new ideas, IBM Master Inventor Tara Astigarraga likes to start with a fundamental business problem and find the best way to solve it. Her team’s patent for improving cloud networking performance is a case in point. As networking speeds increase, the tolerance for dust and other optical variants is much smaller and can degrade system performance. Patent 9,298,579 outlines a process to diagnose whether a cable is defective and needs to be replaced or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Tara has submitted over 65 patent applications, many of them dedicated to improving cloud networking. The researcher is now applying what she’s learned about data center performance to her current work on blockchain.

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Featured inventor

Patenting a better cloud

When coming up with new ideas, IBM Master Inventor Tara Astigarraga likes to start with a fundamental business problem and find the best way to solve it. Her team’s patent for improving cloud networking performance is a case in point. As networking speeds increase, the tolerance for dust and other optical variants is much smaller and can degrade system performance. Patent 9,298,579 outlines a process to diagnose whether a cable is bad and needs to be replaced or dirty and needs to be cleaned. Tara has submitted over 65 patent applications, many of them dedicated to improving cloud networking. The researcher is now applying what she’s learned about data center performance to her current work on blockchain.

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Why We Patent

Bernie Meyerson, IBM Chief Innovation Officer

To some, today’s announcement that IBM once again led the U.S. in patents in 2016 might sound as predictable as snow in upstate New York in January. After all, this marks the 24th consecutive year IBM has received the most patents. It’s what we do, right? But to gloss over this news would be to miss the deeper points about why we patent, and what it takes to maintain a remarkable record like this one. As my nearly forty years as a researcher and scientist at IBM have taught me, innovation is how companies survive. One key way we sustain innovation is by patenting our most valuable intellectual property.

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THINK blog article

Why We Patent

Bernie Meyerson, IBM Chief Innovation Officer

To some, today’s announcement that IBM once again led the U.S. in patents in 2016 might sound as predictable as snow in upstate New York in January. After all, this marks the 24th consecutive year IBM has received the most patents. It’s what we do, right? But to gloss over this news would be to miss the deeper points about why we patent, and what it takes to maintain a remarkable record like this one. As my nearly forty years as a researcher and scientist at IBM have taught me, innovation is how companies survive. One key way we sustain innovation is by patenting our most valuable intellectual property.

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