I know several patent holders and Master Inventors who work at IBM: Sam Lightstone, Mike Winer, Cathy McArthur, Joanna Ng, Arthur Ryman, Andrew Trossman, Mark Wilding, Danny Zilio, and Calisto Zuzarte. Did I ever tell you how much I like working at IBM? To be surrounded by so many smart people is incredible.
I read an interesting article today on eweek.com about IBM’s patents: IBM Patent: 100 Years of High-Tech Innovations. They listed 10 important patents and I was surprised by some of what they picked, including Ultraviolet Surgery! From the Centennial films we learned that IBM invented the punch card, UPC codes, airline reservation systems, and much more.
This is IBM’s 100th year in business and as a company, IBM has been earning many patents every year, but recently has surpassed 5000 patents in a single year! IBM inventors received a record 5,896 U.S. patents in 2010—which marked the 18th consecutive year the company topped the list of the world’s most inventive companies.
Even if you’ve watched the two Centennial films already, I encourage you watch them a second or third time. The films are well done, educational and very inspirational. The my blog for links to the films: Some Important / Cool IBM Events in 2011.