IBM said Monday that its inventors received a record 5,896 patents last year, putting the company at the top of the list of companies earning the most patents for the 18th year in a row.
Second on the list was Samsung with 4,551 patents and third was Microsoft with just over 3,000. Canon and Panasonic rounded out the top five, and sixth through 10th were Toshiba, Sony, Intel, LG Electronics and Hewlett-Packard.
Among the patents IBM won in 2010 were those for:
— A method for gathering, analyzing and processing patient information from multiple data sources to provide more effective diagnoses of medical conditions
— A system for predicting traffic conditions based on information exchanged over short-range wireless communications
— A technique that analyzes data from sensors in computer hard drives to enable faster emergency response in the event of earthquakes and other disasters
— Technology that lets computer chips to communicate using pulses of light instead of electrical signals, which could help computers work faster.
IBM’s patents were generated in 2010 by more than 7,000 inventors in 46 states and 29 countries working under an annual budget of about $6 billion.
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Congratulations IBM! Keep up the great work! It is wonderful news to hear that a great American Company is earning a record number of patents! IBM is also listed as one of the Top Ten Companies for People with Disabilities by DiversityInc.