Qualcomm Ranked 4th in New Patents in 2016, Beating Google

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Above IBM"s patents dwarfed the competition
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11 January, 2017

IBM, who invests more than $5 billion annually into R&D, generated almost 3,000 patents tied to the rapidly emerging fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and cloud computing-as many patents as Google received in total for 2016. More than 1,600 of its patents revolved around cloud computing.

"Leading the world in innovation for 24 years in a row is a result of IBM's unmatched commitment to innovation and R&D-reflected in this year's new US patent record, breaking the 8,000 barrier for the first time", said Ginni Rometty, IBM's chairman, president and CEO. Because of this feat, IBM holds the distinction of having the most patents among USA -based tech companies. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 304,126 patents previous year, up from 298,407 in 2015. Combined with the exploding Internet of Things (IoT) market, it was a safe bet that IBM would not only lead the way once again, but break a record for most patents in a single year.

After a decline in 2015, US patenting activity rose to a record high in 2016.

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Many years often pass before companies gain value from research investments, even when the research results in a patent grant. IBM patents also blanketed a wide range of technologies that also included cybersecurity, and cognitive health. This innovation will help IT administrators pinpoint where problems such as resource constraint may likely happen. Intel has risen from ninth place last year to sixth this year, filing 2,700 patents over the last 12 months. At the ninth spot was Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. with 2,288 and not far behind was Sony with 2,181 to close out the top ten.

IBM was once again the top recipient of US patents in 2016, a title Big Blue has retained for 24 consecutive years, according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Most of the patents are there to make sure no other entity uses the idea or innovation the companies came up with first unless they want to figure in a patent infringement lawsuit. LG Electronics took the No. 7 slot with 2,428 patents followed closely by Microsoft up two notches from past year to No. 8 with 2,398, a gain of 22% from 2015.


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