IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year

             IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year

IBM inventors deliver innovation in emerging areas of tech

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y., Jan.10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced
that it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 for inventions that will
enable fundamental advancements across key domains including analytics, Big
Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile, social networking and software defined
environments, as well as industry solutions for retail, banking, healthcare,
and transportation. These patented inventions also will advance a major shift
in computing, known as the era of cognitive systems.


This is the 20thconsecutive year that IBM topped the annual list of U.S.
patent recipients.

"We are proud of this new benchmark in technological and scientific
creativity, which grows out of IBM's century-long commitment to research and
development," said Ginni Rometty, chairman and CEO, IBM. "Most concretely, our
2012 patent record and the two decades of leadership it extends are a
testament to thousands of brilliant IBM inventors -- the living embodiments of
our devotion to innovation that matters, for our clients, for our company and
for the world."

IBM's record-setting 2012 patent tally was made possible by more than 8,000
IBM inventors residing in 46 different U.S. states and 35 countries. IBM
inventors residing outside the U.S. contributed to nearly 30% of the company's
2012 U.S. patent output.

From 1993-2012, IBM inventors received nearly 67,000 U.S. patents. The
company's 2012 patent count exceeded the combined totals of Accenture, Amazon,
Apple, EMC, HP, Intel, Oracle/SUN and Symantec.

The Top Ten list of 2012 U.S. patent recipients* includes:

1  IBM                6,478
2  Samsung    5,081
3  Canon 3,174
4  Sony  3,032
5  Panasonic        2,769
6  Microsoft     2,613
7  Toshiba      2,447
8  Hon Hai    2,013
9  General Electric 1,652
10 LG Electronics  1,624

*Data provided by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services

IBM's record 2012 patent output featured inventions that are reshaping how
companies are applying technology in today's world of a Smarter Planet and
those that are laying the groundwork for the new era of cognitive systems:

  oU.S. Patent #8,275,803: System and method for providing answers to
    questions - This patented invention was implemented in the IBM Watson
    system and describes a technique that enables a computer to take a
    question expressed in natural language, understand it in detail, and
    deliver a precise answer to the question.
  oU.S. Patent #8,250,010: Electronic learning synapse with spike-timing
    dependent plasticity using unipolar memory-switching elements - This
    patent relates to algorithms and circuits for efficiently mimicking the
    learning function of a brain's synapses and lays the foundation for a
    non-von Neumann computer architecture. IBM is working on a cognitive
    computing project called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable
    Electronics (SyNAPSE), which aims to emulate the brain's abilities for
    perception, action and cognition while consuming orders of magnitude less
    power and volume without being programmed.
  oU.S. Patent #8185480: System and method for optimizing pattern recognition
    of non-gaussian parameters - This patent describes a technique for dealing
    with and recognizing patterns in fast growing, large data sets of complex
    information, such as understanding of spoken phrases or processing
    satellite data to predict locations of traffic jams.
  oU.S. Patent #8,200,501: Methods, systems and computer program products for
    synthesizing medical procedure information in healthcare databases - This
    invention describes a technique that enables medical professionals to more
    efficiently access and analyze medical data and records stored in multiple
    disparate data sources, improving their ability to research, diagnose and
    treat medical conditions.
  oU.S. Patent #s 8,291,378: Simplified deployment modeling & 8,332,873:
    Dynamic application instance placement in data center environments – These
    patented inventions describe a Software Defined Environment composed of a
    modeling platform to define application components with their requirements
    and characteristics, and an intelligent orchestration system to
    dynamically deploy, update and manage workloads. The inventions enable the
    IBM PureSystems family of products to use repeatable patterns for faster
    deployment and optimized workload lifecycle management.
  oU.S. Patent #8,341,441: Reducing energy consumption in a cloud computing
    environment – This patented invention describes a technique that enables
    more efficient and effective use of cloud computing resources, thereby
    reducing and minimizing energy consumption.
  oU.S. Patent #8,247,261: Thin substrate fabrication using stress-induced
    substrate spalling - This patent describes a low-cost method for
    manufacturing a new class of flexible semiconductor materials that will
    enable ultra-thin, lightweight and flexible products and can be applied to
    a wide range of technologies such as biomedical, security, wearable
    computing and solid-state lighting.
  oU.S. Patent # 8,302,173: Providing a user device with a set of access
    codes – This invention provides a method to validate and retrieve one or
    several security codes --valid for only a very short period of time to
    enhance system security-- via a mobile network (SMS, for example) and a
    separately encrypted channel from a secure server, for example, to
    complete a secure transaction or perform secure login operations via a
    mobile phone.

Examples of other interesting and important patented inventions from IBM's
record-breaking 2012 patent output can be found at:

For more information about IBM's patent and innovation leadership, please see
the IBM 20 Years of Patent Leadership press kit and Patent Leadership social
media Tumblr

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Chris Andrews

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