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IBM Secures the Most Patents in 2016

The data compiled by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services show that 304,126 US utility patents were granted in 2016, which is the most on record in a single year. IBM retains its record for the most patents in a year for the 24th time in a row.

IBM secured 8,088 US patents in 2016, which is an average of 22 patents a day. Many of those patents relate to artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, and cloud computing. Samsung ranked second with 3,665 patents. Other top patent recipients include: Qualcomm (2,897), Google (2,835), Intel (2,784), LG (2,428), Microsoft (2,398), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (2,288) and Sony (2,181).

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