IBM is at the top of the list again for the year 2011 when it comes to the number of U.S. patents won, ensuring the company reserves a place in the pantheon of history for itself with its 19th straight year on top. Of course, the scramble for places below IBM were tough ones, as Asian competitors advanced in the rankings while pushing traditional heavyweights like Microsoft and Intel aside. According to researcher IFI Claims Patent Services, IBM picked up 6,180 patents last year, while Samsung was in second position with a growth level that surpassed IBM’s, and Canon knocked Microsoft off third place. Panasonic surged to 4th while Toshiba decided to firmly entrench itself in 5th spot.
IBM might not be top dog for long considering how fast the Asian companies have grown and moved over the years, especially Samsung with their ever expanding portfolio of devices that seem to encompass every aspect of our lives. What do you think 2012 will hold for Big Blue?
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