IBM says granted record 8,088 patents in 2016

IBM said it broke the US patent record with 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016.

The company said its 2016 patent output covered a diverse range of inventions in artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing, cognitive health, cloud, cybersecurity and other strategic growth areas for the company.

IBM inventors were granted more than 22 patents per day in 2016, enabling the company to become the first to surpass 8,000 patents in a single year.

“Leading the world in innovation for 24 years in a row is a result of IBM’s unmatched commitment to innovation and R&D — reflected in this year’s new US patent record, breaking the 8,000 barrier for the first time,” said IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

“We are deeply proud of our inventors’ unique contributions to discovery, science and technology that are driving progress across business and society and opening the new era of cognitive business.”

IBM said more than half of its $5.4 billion annual investment in research and development is made in the United States.

“This substantial commitment to unlocking new technologies is what has long propelled IBM into new markets, allowing it to create value for clients and opportunity for its employees, including the 25,000 Americans the company has pledged to hire over the next four years,” said IBM.

Citing data provided by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, IBM said the top 10 list of 2016 US patent recipients was:

  1. IBM – 8,088
  2. Samsung Electronics – 5,518
  3. Canon – 3,665
  4. Qualcomm – 2,897
  5. Google – 2,835
  6. Intel – 2,784
  7. LG Electronics – 2,428
  8. Microsoft – 2,398
  9. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. – 2,288
  10. Sony – 2,181