March 08, 2001, 1:30 PM — FOR THE EIGHTH consecutive year IBM received more U.S. patents than any other company, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office granting Big Blue a record 2,886 for the year 2000.
As confirmed by the IFI Claims Patent Services, IBM's total was more than the combined total awarded to eight of its rivals -- Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, Oracle, Sun, and EMC.
In breaking down the areas in which the patents were awarded, IBM officials said the company was granted 1,000 patents for software, another 1,000 for microelectronics, and 400 for a number of storage technologies.
Company officials attributed its success in being granted patents to its continued investment in research and development, with a heavy focus on innovative technologies.
IBM officials said that about 33 percent of the technologies IBM patented in 2000 are now commercially available with many more expected to be shipped in products over the course of 2001.
The company generated more than $1 billion in licensing royalties last year from its patented technologies and products.
Some of those technologies granted patents include:
-- a method for using idle computers connected to the Internet to work on computationally intensive projects such as weather forecasting;
-- an invention that will allow computer users to smell scents associated with video signals received over the Internet;
-- a speech recognition system that identifies who is speaking by various voiceprint characteristics of what a person is saying; and
-- and a miniaturization of a number of components for wireless devices.
Users can get more information about IBM's patented technologies by going to www.ibm.com.