IBM leads in patents for 2015

IBM received the most U.S. patents in 2015 for the 23rd consecutive year as the company extends its bet that clients will increasingly need and buy services that use machine learning and similar technologies to improve business functions. IBM Corp. was awarded 7,355 patents in 2015, the company said last week. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics received the second-most patents, followed by Canon, Qualcomm and Google, according to IFI Claims Patent Services, a unit of Fairview Research. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has focused on expanding the company’s portfolio of what it calls cognitive computing, which uses machine learning and data analytics technologies to help businesses predict behavior and events and streamline operations. IBM sells these services and products under the Watson brand, which started as an artificial intelligence engine that became…


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