IBM became the first company to win more than 4,000 patents in one year, according to a new report. Among IBM's patents were systems to help the blind as well as new ways to build nanotechnology into microprocessors. Microsoft, Intel, Samsung and Hewlett-Packard were also included as some of the top patent recipients.
(Reuters) - International Business Machines said on Wednesday it became
the first company ever to win more than 4,000 U.S. patents in a single year,
citing a new report from research firm IFI Patent Intelligence.
IBM said it earned 4,186 U.S. patents in 2008, more than triple the number of
patents earned by rival Hewlett-Packard.
Microsoft earned 2,030 patents, while Intel had 1,776 and
Hewlett-Packard 1,424, according to the report, which compiled data from the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics
had the second-highest number of patents at 3,515.
A wireless system that detects a child's presence in a baby car seat and a
method for blind people to find their way around using radio frequency
identification are among the patents IBM Scientists won in 2008, IBM
The company also earned a patent for developing a cheaper way to build
nanotechnology used to make chips.
The Armonk, New York-based company said it plans to increase by 50 percent --
to more than 3,000 -- the number of technical inventions it publishes annually
instead of seeking patent protection in an attempt to spur open and wide-scale
IBM also said it would contribute the capabilities of IBM Research to a
collaborative project that is developing an empirical measure of patent
(Reporting by Ajay Kamalakaran in Bangalore and Anupreeta Das in San
Francisco; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter) ??Â« Thomson Reuters 2008. All rights reserved.
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