10 Jan '18, 3am

#IBM breaks patent record in 25th straight year as No 1

#IBM breaks patent record in 25th straight year as No 1

[NEW YORK] International Business Machines was once again awarded the largest number of US patents in 2017, as the company pushes into blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. IBM received 9,043 patents in 2017, breaking the record it set in 2016, the company said on Tuesday. A lot of the research that IBM conducts may not translate to immediate business gains, and it could take years before patents turn into a product that pays off. The company also invests in exploratory research unrelated to business lines and goals. Despite winning the most patents for the 25th straight year, IBM is struggling to turn itself around. Slowing sales in older business lines have hurt total revenue, while growth in newer areas - including cloud, AI and cybersecurity software - hasn't yet closed the gap. Though IBM expects to show growth in the last quarter of 2017, analysts...

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