IBM Tops Annual Patent List, Again

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International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) has been recognized as the company with the most patents filed in 2013, the 21st consecutive year that IBM has topped the annual list. IBM received 6,809 patents last year, the company said, and analyzing what kinds of technology the company received patents for provides a glimpse into how the tech world is growing. The company is focusing on analytics, big data, cloud computing, and cognitive technology while turning its sights away from hardware.

Rounding out the top five on the list were Samsung Electronics (SSNLF.PK), Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE), and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT). Only three U.S. companies broke the top 10, with Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) coming in ninth place, behind IBM and Microsoft.

“We take pride in being recognized as the U.S. patent leader, but patents are only one gauge of innovation. Equally significant is the impact that our patented inventions have when they are used to enable solutions that help clients and societies solve problems,” said Bernie Meyerson, IBM fellow and VP of innovation, in the company’s press release. “Furthermore, the broad range of inventions that these patents represent underscores the need for a patent system that equally and fairly promotes and supports innovation across all technical fields.”

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