Of course, the total of 3,411 doesn't mention how many are really
technological innovations, and how many are things like "Bracket for
mounting disk drive in inverted position."   (:

--Paul E Musselman

>Just an FYI
>In 2001, the company lead the pack with 3,411 U.S. patents
>issued, up 20 percent from the previous record figure of 2,886 set in 2000,
>according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For the ninth
>consecutive year, IBM received more patents than any other private-sector
>organization, according to a statement from the patent office.

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