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IBM Tops the US Patent List Again - What are they doing in Emerging Tech?

Last year marked the 25th year in a row that IBM has held the title for the most US patents. So what are they patenting? Leveraging Yewno, we can see what patent’s have been filed related to emerging technologies. The chart below shows categories that relate to the new gold rush, data. We can see a steady spend in R&D has continued to result in an abundance of patents across: Big Data, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, and NLP.

Comparing IBM to others key players in the data space, we can see they outpace Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in all three categories.

Does this give IBM a potential advance in these technologies? How can you quantify the impact and use of open-source patents that are being leveraged by Microsoft, Google, and Amazon?