IBM leads nation in new patents

by Craig Wolf,  |  published on January 13, 2013

Among the many IBMers busy at work in the Hudson Valley are a group you can call the inventors.

How busy? A new report says IBM’s Poughkeepsie and East Fishkill inventors were granted 675 patents in 2012, out of a record-setting total of 6,478 U.S. patents they and their colleagues obtained. That gave IBM the biggest U.S. patent total of any company, a distinction that has now run for 20 years straight.

New York’s IBMers, including those at the labs in Westchester County, accounted for more than 2,000 patents, nearly a third of the total. That feat would have placed them in seventh place on the whole list, eclipsing Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Apple and Intel, according to IBM spokesman Michael Rowinski.

“New York has quickly begun to rival other U.S. tech hubs, leveraging public-private partnerships and a highly skilled and educated workforce,” Rowinski said.

The data comes from IFI Claims Patent Services.

The patents obtained by IBMers are highly technical. They aren’t going to show up in consumer goods on big-box shelves, though they certainly go into many of IBM’s computers, which are the serverbackbones of banks, industries, retailers, governments and academies around the world.

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