IT & Network Infrastructure : IBM Patent: 100 Years of High-Tech Innovations
U.S. Patent #998,631:
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.
U.S. Patent #3,387,286:
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.
U.S. Patent #4,343,993:
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.
U.S. Patent #4,528,626:
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.
U.S. Patent #4,784,135:
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.
U.S. Patent #5,319,542:
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