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IBM Breaks Record in U.S. Patents With Cloud, AI and Health Bets

  • Received 8,088 in 2016, heading the list for 24 straight year
  • Samsung, Canon, Qualcom, Google round out the top five
Servers and hard drives stand inside pod one of International Business Machines Corp.'s Softlayer data center in Dallas, Texas.
Photographer: Ben Torres/Bloomberg

IBM received a record-breaking number of U.S. patents in 2016, topping the list for the 24th consecutive year, showing the efforts the company is making to expand its business into products that process and analyze vast amounts of health-care data.

International Business Machines Corp. was awarded 8,088 patents in 2016, it said Monday. The top five winners remained the same as the previous year, with Samsung Electronics Co., Canon Inc., Qualcomm Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google nabbing those spots, according to data compiled by IFI Claims Patent Services, a unit of Fairview Research LLC.