IBM-patents-competitionIBM inventors received 6,809 patents in 2013 says IBM. The company topped the annual list of U.S. patent leaders for the 21st consecutive year. IBM has 8,000 inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries.

IBM’s 2013 patent results represent inventions in areas such as IBM’s Watson, cloud computing, Big Data and analytics, as well as cognitive systems.

The Top Ten list of 2013 U.S. patent recipients include:

  • IBM – 6,809
  • Samsung – 4,676
  • Canon –  3,825
  • Sony – 3,098
  • Microsoft – 2,660
  • Panasonic – 2,601
  • Toshiba – 2,416
  • Hon Hai –  2,279
  • Qualcomm – 2,103
  • LG Electronics – 1,947

[Data: IFI CLAIMS Patent Services | Graphics courtesy: IBM]