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India 2nd largest contributor to IBM's over 9K patents in 2017

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tech giant today said it received 9,043 patents in 2017, with accounting for over 800 patents making the country the second highest contributor to the record tally.

inventors received a record 9,043 patents in 2017, marking the company's 25th consecutive year of US leadership and crossing the one lakh-milestone.

These patents were granted to more than 8,500 researchers, engineers, scientists and designers in the US and more than 40 other countries.

"IBM's inventors contributed over 800 patents to this record tally, making us the second highest contributor after the US region," IBM VP Research and told

This is a testament to IBM India's exploratory research capabilities and commitment to innovation in creating technologies that touches lives, he added.

IBM's patents in 2017 included more than 1,900 patents, 1,400 in (AI) and over 1,200 in the area of cybersecurity. The US-based firm also received patents in the areas of blockchain and quantum

For the past 25 years, IBM's leadership has changed the way the world works with advancements critical to the modern era of computing, IBM Chairman, said in a statement.

"Today, nearly half of our patents are pioneering advancements in AI, computing, cybersecurity, blockchain and quantum and all are aimed at helping our clients create smarter businesses," she added.

One of the patent is for a system that can help AI analyse and mirror a user's speech patterns to improve communication between AI and humans.

Another one, in the area of cybersecurity, turns the table on hackers by baiting them into email exchanges and websites that expend their resources and frustrate their attacks.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:45 IST