IBM Tops Patent Charts (Again) with 9,100 U.S. Patents in 2018

IBM received 9,100 U.S. patents in 2018, marking its 26th year as the top U.S. patent holder. In the coming days, will be publishing an in-depth interview with Manny Schecter and Mark Ringes of IBM that will in part examine the company’s approach to innovation leadership over the last 100+ years.

As it has for the past quarter century, IBM today topped the charts for U.S. patent holders, with 9,100 patents granted in 2018. This is the 26thconsecutive year that IBM has claimed the number one spot on the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

This year, nearly half of the patents the company received relate to hot button technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, security, blockchain and quantum computing. IBM chairman, president and CEO Ginni Rometty said these inventions are indicative of the company’s commitment to “solving problems many people have not even thought of yet.”

Some of the particular innovations of the 2018 patents include helping AI machines to interact more conversationally with humans (Project Debater); more effective monitoring of aquatic ecosystems in order to better protect marine life; and a sophisticated system to combat voice phishing schemes. more

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