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Patents and Innovation

IBM has a history of innovation that extends beyond its 100 years, back to Herman Hollerith’s Tabulating Machine Company and the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) from which IBM was formed. From magnetic tape drives and random access memory, to the floppy disk and the scanning tunneling microscope, IBM has continued to inspire a culture of innovation. The company’s strong focus on inventions has made IBM the patent leader for the past 18 years in a row.