Earlier today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released its annual list of top patentees, and IBM led the way for U.S. patents for the thirteenth consecutive year.
The 2005 tally? 2,941 new IBM patents.
Also of interest was an initiative that IBM announced it was undertaking with the USPTO, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), members of the open source software community, and academia in order to help improve U.S. patent quality moving forward. This initiative will not only help speed the process, but also accelerate innovation in the U.S.
Bob Sutor, IBM's Vice President of Standards and Open Source for IBM, blogs about the announcement on his site here.