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IBM inventors received more than 6,800 U.S. patents in 2013
ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that its inventors received a record-setting 6,809 patents in 2013 – the 21st consecutive year the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders.
IBM's 2013 patent results represent a diverse range of inventions poised to enable significant innovations that will position the company to compete and lead in strategic areas–such as IBM's Watson, cloud computing, Big Data and analytics. These inventions will also advance the new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and interact with people in more natural ways.
"We take pride in being recognized as the U.S. patent leader, but patents are only one gauge of innovation. Equally significant is the impact that our patented inventions have when they are used to enable solutions that help clients and societies solve problems," said Bernie Meyerson, IBM Fellow and VP of Innovation. "Furthermore, the broad range of inventions that these patents represent underscores the need for a patent system that equally and fairly promotes and supports innovation across all technical fields."
IBM's 2013 patent total exceeded the combined totals of Amazon, Google, EMC, HP, Intel, Oracle/SUN and Symantec.
The company's record 2013 patent count was made possible by more than 8,000 IBM inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries.
The Top Ten list of 2013 U.S. patent recipients* includes:
*Data provided by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services
Examples of other interesting and important patented inventions from IBM's record-breaking 2013 patent output can be found at: http://ibm.co/1kr8i0y
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