Big Blue breaks annual US patent record with Rochester’s help

January 12, 2017 GMT

IBM, which has led US companies in patents for 24 years in row, topped all previous records in 2015 by being granted more than 8,000 patents.

The technology giant released its annual patent report earlier this week.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

In passing the 8,000 mark, IBM greatly outdistanced its nearest competitors of Samsung Electronics with 5,518 patents and Canon with 3,665 patents.

IBM patents that included at least one Big Blue inventor from Rochester totaled 481 in 2016. That’s up from 374 in 2015. Overall, IBM says Minnesota employees contributed almost 630 patents for the year.

Big Blue tallied a whopping 6,180 patents in 2011. About 500 of those patents originated in Rochester.

IBM inventors based in New York state received more than 2,700 patents, while IBMers in California and Texas collected more than 1,000 patents each.

“Leading the world in innovation for 24 years in a row is a result of IBM’s unmatched commitment to innovation and R&D … ,” IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in this year’s patent report.

More than 2,700 of 2016′s patents were for inventions related to artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and cloud computing.