January 16, 2014
IBM Corp. said this week its inventors received a record 6,809 patents in 2013, the 21st consecutive year the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders.
The patent results are for inventions in a number of areas ranging from the newly announced Watson Group business unit and cloud computing to Big Data and analytics.
“These inventions will also advance the new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and interact with people in more natural ways,” IBM said in a release.
A total of 259 patents were contributed to by employees of IBM Canada Ltd., up from 225 last year.
Patent recipients included Ernie Nachtigall for a system for secure verification of electronic transactions, Martin Beaumier for a grounded lid for micro-electronic assemblies that allows manufacturers to reduce electronic emissions, and Dorian Birsan for a web-based integrated test and debugging system.
Samsung placed second with 4,676 patents, Canon third (3,825), Sony fourth (3,098) and Microsoft came fifth with 3,098.