Inside the IBM patent machine


Inside the IBM patent machine

Claudio Divizia /

Founded more than 100 years ago, IBM remains a resounding success in the technology arena. WIPR discovers the reasons behind IBM’s prolific patent filing and how it deals with the challenges encountered in managing a large portfolio.

In 2016, technology company IBM patented the most inventions in the US, totalling 8,088 new granted patents over the year.

That’s more than 22 patents per day, and means that IBM became the first company to surpass 8,000 US patents in a single year.

It’s this high-volume filing that has kept the company top of the leader board for the 24th consecutive year.

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