U.S. Patent #998,631:</b><br /><b>Perforating Machine

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U.S. Patent #998,631:</b><br /><b>Perforating Machine

IBM's first patent (issued July 25, 1911) described an invention related to punched-card tabulation. The company's inventors would receive more than 70,000 patents over the next 100 years.

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U.S. Patent #3,387,286:</b><br /><b>Field-Effect Transistor Memory

This patent was issued to IBM inventor Robert Dennard June 4, 1968, for inventing a one-transistor dynamic RAM cell, which became the standard for computer memory. Dennard was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997.

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U.S. Patent #4,343,993:</b><br /><b>Scanning Tunneling Microscope

This patent was issued to IBM inventors Gerd Binning and Heinrich Rohrer Aug. 10, 1982, for an invention that can image atomic details as tiny as 1/25th the diameter of a typical atom. Only five years after Binnig and Rohrer built the first STM, they were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics and were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994.

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U.S. Patent #4,528,626:</b><br /><b>IBM PC/At

This patent for a "microcomputer system with bus control means for peripheral processing devices" was issued July 9, 1985. The invention paved the way for growth in the IT industry by allowing the use of plug-in subsystems and peripherals like disk drives, video gear, speakers and scanners. Co-inventors Mark Dean and Dennis Moeller were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1997.

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U.S. Patent #4,784,135:</b><br /><b>Ultraviolet Surgery

This patent for "far ultraviolet surgical and dental procedures" was issued to IBM inventors Samuel Blum, Rangaswamy Srinivasan, and James Wynne Nov. 15, 1988. The patent described a laser technique that went on to become the foundation for Lasik eye surgery. Blum, Srinivasan and Wynne were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002.

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U.S. Patent #5,319,542:</b><br /><b>Electronic Catalogue

This patent for a "system for ordering items using an electronic catalogue" was issued to IBM inventors John King and John Nilsen June 7, 1994. The invention enabled the use of catalogs—both public and private—for electronic online shopping.

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U.S. Patent #5,424,054:</b><br /><b>Nanotubes

This patent for "carbon fibers and method for their production" was issued to IBM inventors Donald Bethune, Robert Beyers and Ching-Hwa Kiang June 13, 1995. The patent is fundamental to producing carbon nanotubes, which are expected to be the building blocks of a new class of smaller, faster and lower-power computer chips.

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U.S. Patent # 6,496,814:</b><br /><b>Mining for Maintenance

This patent for a "method and system for integrating spatial analysis, and scheduling to efficiently schedule and monitor infrastructure maintenance" was issued to IBM inventor Frederick Busche Dec. 17, 2002. It describes a technique for using data mining to optimally schedule maintenance of large infrastructure systems, such as energy grids, buildings, hospitals and transportation departments.

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U.S. Patent #7,006,793:</b><br /><b>Safe Use of Electronic Devices in Vehicles

Issued to IBM inventors Maria Azua, Herman Rodriguez, Newton James Smith Jr. and Clifford Spinac Feb. 28, 2006, the patent describes an invention that covers pairing of an on-board vehicle computer (e.g., Bluetooth-enabled cars) with mobile devices brought into the vehicle. The invention enables the on-board computer to take control of any mobile electronic device that has a wireless transceiver, and lets the motorist speak to it while driving.

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U.S. Patent #7,684,673:</b><br /><b>DVR Management

This patent for "managing a digital video recorder via a network" was issued to IBM inventor Belton Monroe March 23, 2010. It describes a method for programming and managing a digital video recorder over the Internet.

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