• Subject: IBM-Most patents for 6th consecutive year
  • From: John Carr <74711.77@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 21:59:00 -0500


Hi People

A little news if you didn't already see this.

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http://www.ibmlink.ibm.com/uspress&parms=P_1999011101

IBM Receives Most U.S. Patents for Sixth Consecutive Year
January 11, 1999

Shatters Previous Record by More than 40 Percent 

ARMONK, N.Y., January 11, 1999...For the sixth consecutive year, IBM was
awarded the most
U.S. patents in 1998, shattering the previous record by more than 40
percent. 

The company received 2,658 U.S. patents in 1998 from the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office,
earning 934 more patents than it did in 1997, and eclipsing the next
closest company by 38 percent.
IBM is the first company ever to break the 2,000 U.S. patent issuance
barrier in a single year. 
<SNIP>
The company's intellectual property portfolio generates more than $1
billion annually. 
<SNIP>

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You should read the rest.
And  NO,   MS wasn't even in the top ten.   They just buy/steal ideas I
believe.  I may be wrong though.

John Carr
EdgeTech

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