In 2012 IBM was awarded the most U.S. patents (for the 20th year in a row !!)


Today I came across this blog post by Bernard Meyerson, IBM CIO. Here is the quote: “I’m especially proud to reveal today that the company has accomplished a remarkable achievement: It has been awarded the largest number of United States patents for the 20th year in a row. IBM’s scientists and engineers racked up 6,478 patents last year, and nearly 67,000 patents over the past two decades.” (A New Approach to Innovation Will Be Crucial in the Coming Era of Cognitive Systems.)

top 10 us patent leaders
Did you know that the bar code was invented by IBM researcher?

IBM invented barcode

Did you know that the LASIK eye surgery came from a patented IBM innovation? IBM has done a lot of work with lasers in the early days. Here, the excimer laser is used to demonstrate precision and scale, etching “IBM” onto a strand of human hair.

IBM on a hair

To quote the original blog post from IBM CIO: “Consider Watson, the groundbreaking computer that defeated two former grand champions on the TV quiz show Jeopardy!. Watson’s creators in IBM Research programmed the machine to read millions of pages of information about all manner of things, and then, during the game, dig into that huge database for potential answers and come up with the most likely answer in less than 3 seconds. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has awarded several patents for elements of Watson, including U.S. Patent #8,275,803 – System and method for providing answers to questions.”

IBM has been very innovative company over its 100 years. Here is a snapshot of the last 20 years of research and patents:

Last 20 years of IBM patents

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If you are interested in other cool IBM inventions, visit this link: http://ibmblr.tumblr.com.



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