For the 26th year in a row, IBM led US companies in patents in 2018, with engineers, researchers, scientists and designers racking up a record 9,100 patents.
Of those, more than 2,000 were related to cloud computing, “including a patent on a specialized monitor for unikernel-based virtual machines that takes a lightweight approach to improving isolation and security between a cloud application and its host,” an IBM press release states. This work is related to IBM container security research and could help organizations more easily and securely move applications and data across cloud and on-premises environments.
Another patent combined analytics, IBM Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) technology to help engineer “the world’s smartest lake,” New York’s Lake George. An intelligent system helps identify and monitor vertical temperature profiles and gradients, which affect marine life.
Other areas that contributed greatly to the patent total included AI, blockchain, quantum computing and security.
Those 9,100 patents are the result of the work of more than 8,500 IBM inventors from 47 different US states and in 48 different countries.
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