IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 28th Consecutive Year

IBM scientists and researchers received 9,130 U.S. patents in 2020, the most of any company, marking 28 consecutive years of IBM patent leadership.

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Overview

More than quarter century of patent leadership demonstrates IBM’s long-term commitment to a culture of scientific discovery and innovation

Patents were awarded to more than 9,000 inventors located in 46 U.S. states and 54 countries. Since 1920, IBM has received more than 150,000 U.S. patents and played a crucial role in innovations ranging from magnetic storage to laser eye surgery. IBM’s culture of scientific research is integral to the company’s legacy of innovation that matters to our clients and to the world. To that end, in April 2020, IBM announced that it was a founding partner of the Open COVID Pledge, which grants free access to the patents and patent applications of its portfolio of more than 80,000 patents worldwide to those developing technologies to help diagnose, prevent, contain or treat coronaviruses.

IBM led the industry in the number of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, quantum computing and security-related patents granted.

IBM’s innovation: Topping theUS patent list for 28th year running

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12-Jan-2020

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Artificial Intelligence

IBM received more than 2,300 AI patents as inventors developed new AI technologies to help businesses scale their use of AI. IBM is focused on delivering innovations in natural language processing, automation and building trust in AI, and continually infusing new capabilities from IBM Research into our IBM Watson products.

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Hybrid Cloud

IBM received more than 3,000 patents related to cloud and hybrid cloud technologies. One of the crucial decisions CIOs face today is determining which data will be processed on premises and which will be processed in the cloud. IBM inventors developed a technology to intelligently distribute the data processing components between the cloud, the edge and computing devices in between.

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Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is a major focus for IBM, and this is reflected in IBM’s leadership in quantum computing patents. Patents include the simplification of mapping quantum molecular simulation on a quantum computer and investigating more accurate and efficient risk analysis calculations on a quantum computer.

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Security

As enterprises work to protect their data, particularly in highly regulated industries, IBM inventors received more than 1,400 security-related patents. One of the patents is used for fully homomorphic encryption (FHE), an IBM-pioneered method of performing computation on data that remains encrypted while being processed.

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