IBM leads US patent list in 2014, well ahead of Samsung, Microsoft, Google

Enterprise IT vendor IBM has received 7,534 patents in 2014, topping the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

IBM is well ahead of technology companies Samsung, Microsoft and Google.

The full list is below

The company’s 2014 patents exceeded the combined totals of Accenture, Amazon, Google, HP, Intel and Oracle.

The year 2014 will be marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company is leading the patent list.

IBM inventors earned an average of more than 20 patents per day in 2014.

IBM patents in 2014

“IBM’s continued investment in research and development is key to driving the transformation of our company, as we look to capture the emerging opportunities represented by cloud, big data and analytics, security, social and mobile,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM’s chairman, president and CEO.

IBM said more than 3,000 patents – 40 percent of its annual total – were for cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security inventions.

Over the past five years, IBM has more than doubled its output of patents within these strategic growth areas and was the leading recipient of cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security patents during this period.

IBM inventors received more than 500 patents for inventions that will boost cognitive systems, including new Watson related cognitive technologies.

During IBM’s 22 years atop the patent list (1993-2014), the company’s inventors have received more than 81,500 U.S. patents.

Some of IBM patents:

U.S. Patent #8,661,132: Enabling service virtualization in a cloud

U.S. Patent #8,874,638: Interactive analytics processing 

U.S. Patent #8,903,360: Mobile device validation 

U.S. Patent #8,706,648: Assessing social risk due to exposure from linked contacts

U.S. Patent #8,869,274: Identifying whether an application is malicious 

U.S. Patent #8,639,497: Natural language processing (‘NLP’)

The Top Ten list of 2014 U.S. patent recipients includes:

1 IBM 7,534
2 Samsung 4,952
3 Canon 4,055
4 Sony 3,224
5 Microsoft 2,829
6 Toshiba 2,608
7 Qualcomm 2,590
8 Google 2,566
9 LG Electronics 2,122
10 Panasonic 2,095


More than 8,500 IBMers residing in 46 states and territories and 43 countries are responsible for IBM’s patents last year. IBM inventors who reside outside the U.S. contributed to more than 34 percent of the company’s patents in 2014.

Baburajan K
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