ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – IBM inventors, including dozens in Rochester, are leading the way in the U.S. for the sheer number of patents awarded.
It’s the 26th consecutive year the company tallied the most patents in the country.
The United States Patent Office granted 9,100 patents for IBM inventions in areas like artificial intelligence, cloud computing and cyber security.
A patent is a right given by the government to inventors, to exclude others from making, using or selling their inventions. It protects intellectual property rights.
“Inventing is both a regular job component for people here. It’s part of their regular work, but also looking for the future and future products and future areas and technologies, and being able to get ahead of other companies and protect those products or different inventions as well,” said Eric Barsness, Executive Consultant at IMB Lab Services.
This milestone builds on more than 110,000 U.S patents for the company from 1993 to 2018.
Last year, more than 8,500 researchers, engineers, scientists and designers were given patents for innovative inventions.
Barsness got 39 patents last year.
“One of my inventions was related to cloud stream and security as well. So trying to decide how to deal with real-time streaming data, and deciding when that data would be useful to be putting in a new cloud environment, a public cloud or a private cloud,” he said.
Barsness said the inventions are now in products that businesses use all around the world.
“We’re [a] very active inventing community here so we’re very excited to be part of IBM’s entire patenting activity for 2018,” said Barsness.
There were more than 1,600 artificial intelligence patents, more than 2,000 for cloud computing, and more than 1,400 for cyber security.
There are currently about 75 inventors at IBM Rochester.