IBM tops list of patent-holders -- again

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by impossible, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. impossible

    impossible Guest

    For the 16th consecutive year, IBM leads the way in locking up technology
    innovations via patent protection -- over 4000 this year in total .

    Microsoft ranks fourth behind Samsung and Canon in terms of sheer numbers,
    but its patent portfolio is rated by IEEE as being of higher quality than
    that of any other company.

    "Acquiring patents is seen as a way to gauge a company's ability to create
    and develop new technologies, so having a healthy patent pipeline tends to
    bode well for a company's ability to continue releasing relevant
    technologies that its customers will find useful.

    "Companies also can use their patent portfolios to disrupt competitors and
    gain revenue from companies that want to use their patented technologies.
    Microsoft, for example, has made claims that it holds patents for
    technologies in Linux, which open-source proponents viewed as a tactic to
    discourage people from using open-source software. Microsoft and other
    companies also have cross-licensing patent agreements in which companies pay
    to use technologies other companies have patented."
    impossible, Jan 15, 2009
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