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When most people think about innovative companies in 2019, they picture the ones dominating the headlines like Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. Interestingly, another company consistently tops U.S. patent rankings year after year. That company is IBM and it was granted substantially more patents than any other company once again in 2018. That’s according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association which released its list of the organizations receiving the most U.S. utility patents in July. 

Based on data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the ranking shows that IBM was granted 9,088 patents in 2018, the 26th consecutive year it has topped America’s patent league. It led the way in the fields of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, security and quantum computing-related patent grants. Many of the usual suspects are present at the top of the list with South Korean tech giant Samsung second with 5,836 patents granted, ahead of Japanese photographic manufacturer Canon’s 3,206. Elsewhere on the list, Google’s parent-company Alphabet comes sixth with 2,597 patents granted while Apple is in eleventh place with 2,147.

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