IBM tops US patent list

Computer maker, IBM, says it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will enable fundamental advancements across a number of key areas.

These include domains like analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare, and transportation.

IBM says that the patented inventions also will advance a major shift in computing, known as “the era of cognitive systems”.

The group says 2012 marks the 20th consecutive year that it has topped the annual list of US patent recipients.

The group boasts 8,000 inventors residing in 46 different US states and 35 countries. IBM inventors residing outside the US contributed to nearly 30% of the company’s 2012 US patent output.

From 1993-2012, IBM inventors received nearly 67,000 US patents. The company’s 2012 patent count exceeded the combined totals of Accenture, Amazon, Apple, EMC, HP, Intel, Oracle/SUN and Symantec.

The Top Ten list of 2012 U.S. patent recipients

# Company Patents
1 IBM 6,478
2 Samsung 5,081
3 Canon 3,174
4 Sony 3,032
5 Panasonic 2,769
6 Microsoft 2,613
7 Toshiba 2,447
8 Hon Hai 2,013
9 General Electric 1,652
10 LG Electronics 1,624

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