IBM leads nation in getting patents yet again

Posted by David Ranii on January 14, 2014 

Inventors at technology giant IBM led the nation in obtaining U.S. patents for the 21st consecutive year, according to a new survey.

IBM accounted for 6,809 patents in 2013, according to the tally by research firm IFI Claims Patent Services. The company significantly outpaced No. 2 Samsung, which racked up 4,675 patents.

A total of 660 of IBM’s patents originated at the company’s Research Triangle Park campus, one of the region’s largest employers.

“Our software team, in particular, is doing a lot of patent work there,” said IBM spokesman Michael Rowinski.

IBM was one of just three U.S.-based companies that ranked among the top ten. Microsoft was No. 5 and Qualcomm was No. 9.

The other seven top-ranked companies are headquartered in Korea, Japan and Taiwan. They include Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba.

More than 8,000 IBM employees contributed to its patents last year.

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