January 15, 2001

Linux's new Big Blue friend is patent King

Author: JT Smith

FOR the eighth consecutive year, IBM has topped the list as the world's most prolific patent recipient,
the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) said last week.

In a preliminary audit by the USPTO, Big Blue pumped out 2886 patents last year - nearly a third more
than its closest rival, Japan's NEC Corporation with 2020 - 130 more than it registered the previous
year. From Fairfax IT.

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