IBM said its inventors received a record 9,100 patents in 2018, marking the company’s 26th consecutive year of US patent leadership.
“IBM led the industry in the number of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, security and quantum computing-related patent grants,” said IBM.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said: “IBM is committed to leading the way on the technologies that change the way the world works – and solving problems many people have not even thought of yet.
“Our clients and their customers are the beneficiaries of these innovations, particularly our leadership in AI, cloud, blockchain and security for business.”
Overall, nearly half of the 2018 patents relate to pioneering advancements in AI, cloud computing, security, blockchain and quantum computing.
The new patents were granted to a more than 8,500 IBM inventors in 47 different US states and 48 countries.