IBM Tops Apple and Microsoft to Take U.S. Patent Crown
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- IBM
The tech bellwether was comfortably ahead of Samsung, Canon, Sony
This is the 21 st consecutive year that IBM has led the ranking of U.S. patent leaders. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company was awarded 6,809 patents in 2013, up slightly from 6,478 in 2012. Here's the top 10 list of 2013 patent winners:
- 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
There were plenty of other tech heavyweights on the list. Google was awarded 1,851 patents in 2013, a sharp increase from 1,151 in 2012, when it took 21 st place on the list. Apple, with 1,775 patents, has also increased its pace of innovation from 2012, when it was awarded 1,136 patents and held 22 nd place.
A number of IBM's 2013 patents are in a technology area the company describes as "cognitive computing" in which computers can learn and interact with people in a natural fashion. One of the best examples of this is IBM's Watson supercomputer, which made a headline-grabbing debut on quiz show Jeopardy in 2011.
Last week, at a glitzy New York event, Big Blue announced a $1 billion investment in Watson and a business unit devoted solely to its supercomputer technology. Based at 51 Astor Place in New York's "Silicon Alley" tech hub, the Watson Group will focus on cloud-based innovation and also will help customers cope with the challenge of big data.
Big data refers to the management of vast quantities of unstructured data, or information that is outside the realm of traditional databases. Examples include email messages, PowerPoint presentations, audio, video and social media information.
IBM shares rose 0.27% to $184.67 during Wednesday trading.
-- Written by James Rogers in New York .