IBM Racks Up a Record 8,000 Patents in 2016. That is 22 patents Per Day

IBM became the first company to receive more than 8,000 U.S. patents in one year, beating its next closest (Samsung) by more than 2,500 U.S. patents. That is at a rate of 22 patents per day.
Of those patents, 2,700 were related to AI, cognitive computing and cloud computing.
Following them were a closely packed group featuring Qualcomm, Google and Intel with almost 8 patents per day while LG, Microsoft, TSMC and Sony are completing the top 10 with 5-6/day.

There’s an explanation for having so many patents. Companies don’t always put all this technology in action in their devices – they just want to make sure that no-one uses an idea they came up with first. And, of course, this graph shows us all patents, which stretch far beyond mobile divisions.

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