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IBM Ranks No. 1 in U.S. Patents for 20 Years Straight

Maximum PC: IBM on Thursday announced it received a record 6,478 patents in 2012 in the U.S., which is nearly 1,400 more than the next busiest inventor, Samsung. The achievement also extends IBM's volume patent streak to 20 years. For two decades, IBM has topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients, extending its streak by way of more than 8,000 inventions in the past 12 months.

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