IBM takes the lead in patents once again

IBM was awarded more patents in 2013 than any company, the 21st straight year it achieved that distinction

International Business Machines Corp., better known as IBM, certainly takes its nickname, “Big Blue” seriously, at least when it comes to patents.

In 2013, IBM racked up a record 6,809 patents, more than any other U.S. company. In fact, it led the way in patents for the 21st straight year. The grand total represents the work of inventors in 41 countries, and almost one third of the patents came from overseas work. Its patent portfolio this year helped the tech giant lead the way in areas such as big data and cloud computing.

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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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