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IBM Tops Patent List for 18th Consecutive Year

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IBM’s inventors received a record 5,896 U.S. patents in 2010, marking the company’s 18th consecutive year as the world’s most inventive company.

IBM became the first company to be granted as many as 5,000 U.S. patents in a single year. More than 7,000 IBM inventors living in 46 different U.S. states and 20 countries contributed to the 2010 patent tally.

IBM received patents for a range of inventions in 2010, such as a system for predicting traffic conditions based on information exchanged over short-range wireless communications; a technique that analyzes data from sensors in computer hard drives to enable faster emergency response in the event of earthquakes and other disasters; and a technology advancement for enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light instead of electrical signals, which can deliver increased performance of computing systems.

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