IBM Patent Leadership Continues for 25th Consecutive Year

IBM inventors received 9,043 patents a record number of U.S. patents in 2017 - by far the most ever in one year by any company, again breaking their own previous record of 9,000 issued patents. IBM led the U.S in Patents for 25 Straight Years.

The new patents were granted to more than 8,500 IBM designers, engineers researchers, scientists from around the globe, the major focused areas are cloud computing, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

In 2017, IBM inventors received more than 1,900 cloud patents, 1,400 AI patents and 1,200 cyber security patents, IBM inventors also patented for denoting inventions in developing fields like quantum computing.

Other Significant patented innovations from IBM inventors in 2017 include:

A technique that automatically enhances the security protection of a mobile device when it determines that device is located far from its owner and is likely under someone else’s control.

A method that strengths block chain technology to minimize the number of steps involved in settling transactions between multiple business parties, even those that are not trusted and might otherwise require a third-party clearinghouse to execute. A machine learning system designed to shift control between an autonomous vehicle and a human driver as needed, such as in an emergency.

This year’s breakthrough builds on more than 105,000 U.S. patents granted to IBM from 1993 to 2017. IBM inventors were granted patents for such life-changing ideas as guiding the visually-challenged using RFID, secure credit card transactions, the world’s fastest supercomputers and earthquake detectors over the last 25 years.

For the past 25 years, IBM’s patent leadership has changed the way the world works with advancements critical to the modern era of computing,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO. “Today, nearly half of our patents are pioneering advancements in AI, cloud computing, cyber security, block chain and quantum computing – and all are aimed at helping our clients create smarter businesses.”