IBM sets record for most patents granted in a year

IBM inventors patented more than 1,600 inventions related to cloud computing, including one that pro-actively identifies hotspots in a cloud computing environment to help IT admins figure out where a resource constraint is likely to occur and cause performance problems.

IBM has set the world record on the number of patents granted in one year with more than 8,000 in 2016.

IBM received nearly 3,000 more USA patents than any other company in 2016.

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2016 was extra special for the innovating firm, as it's 8,088 new United States patents-that's more than 20 per day on average-beat the next company by 2,500 patents and set a new record. 2,000 Patents in AI/Cognitive ComputingIBM's record-setting tally includes 2,000-plus patents in artificial intelligence/cognitive computing and cloud computing.

Patents are a reflection of how much a company invests in technologies that might make an impact on technologies of the future.

The growth of patents filed indicates that the tech industry continues to push the innovation envelope.Patents increased among 10 of the 17 firms on the list, including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Boeing, Cisco, Ford, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Texas Instruments.

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After a decline in 2015, US patenting activity rose to a record high in 2016. IBM researchers have developed a method for categorizing human heart disease states by using cardiac images to characterize the shape and motion of the heart.

Interestingly, most of these patents do not necessarily mean we will see them in our devices, in reality, most of these patents will not see the light of day unless they are licensed for fees to other companies who might want to exploit these technologies. While current systems are programmed to change routes based on road conditions, IBM's trip planner looks at a driver's state-of-mind and the driving risks that come with that - for example, if someone had a long day or is feeling overwhelmed, the "system will help navigate a less stressful route home". The drones enter contaminated areas, collect specimens then confirm and map contamination. Samsung was second overall, with 5,518 granted patents, and camera maker Canon was third on the list with 3,665 patents. Canon: 3,665 4. Qualcomm: 2,897 5.

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