IBM has occupied the first spot and beaten all the previous records in terms of yearly patents that it had set earlier, by clocking 7,534 patents in 2014, according to the figures by IFI Claims Patent Services.
IFI which is a division of Fairview Research, specializes in patent analysis. Its annual ranking tracks utility patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Flowing down the list, Samsung captured second position with 4,952 patents while Canon sits on third. Microsoft, Qualcomm and Google have also managed to occupy a position in the top 10 list. Microsoft, ranked fifth for the second year in a row, received 2,829 patents, up 6% from 2,660 in 2014.
Looking at Google’s figures, we see quite an impressive run this year, bringing in a 39% surge. Worried about Apple’s position ? It grabs the 11th spot with 2,003 patents, accounting for a 13% hike.
This is not the first time has IBM topped the list. The firm has been repeating the history over and over again for 22 years now. This time, IBM’s record-setting haul is up 11% compared to 2013, when it earned 6,809 patents.
John Kelly, the SVP of solutions portfolio and research for IBM said in a statement-
We take the responsibility of patent leadership seriously because it is an important barometer of our commitment to fundamental R&D and it enables IBMers to consistently pioneer new technologies that solve problems for our customers.
IBM’s patents span from analytics and big data to cognitive computing and neural networks. However, 40 percent of the company’s patents last year were issued for the company’s growth initiatives. Interestingly, Blackberry managed to break into top 50 and is at No. 24 with 1,337 patents.