The inventors who serve as the backbone of International Business Machines Corp. passed a significant milestone this year, and a diverse array of fields including artificial intelligence (AI), the cloud, and cyber security are all the richer for it.
The Armonk, N.Y.-based tech giant used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a platform to celebrate the registration of a record-breaking 9043 patents last year – the 25th year in a row it could boast the highest number of additions to the U.S. patent list – by more than 8500 researchers, engineers, scientists, and designers across 47 countries.
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“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,” IBM chair, president, and CEO Ginni Rometty said in a Jan. 9 statement. “Today, nearly half of our patents are pioneering advancements in AI, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain and quantum computing – and all are aimed at helping our clients create smarter businesses.”
Among the sectors represented by this year’s list of patents:
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