BIG BLUE IBM received a record 8,088 patents in the US in 2016, helping it retain its record for the most patents in a year for the 24th time in a row.
IBM's total was almost 2,500 higher than second placed firm Samsung which registered 5,518 patents, and far ahead of Canon in third on 3,665.
IBM said its patent total equated to 22 patents being granted every day and that they covered areas ranging from artificial intelligence and cognitive computing to cognitive health, cloud computing and cybersecurity.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the achievement underlined the efforts at Big blue to ensure it focuses on all areas of technology innovation.
"Leading the world in innovation for 24 years in a row is a result of IBM's unmatched commitment to innovation and R&D-reflected in this year's new US patent record, breaking the 8,000 barrier for the first time," she said.
"We are deeply proud of our inventors' unique contributions to discovery, science and technology that are driving progress across business and society and opening the new era of cognitive business."
The patents were awarded to a total of 8,500 IBM staff cover 47 states, with New York home to the most awards, at 2,700.
IBM also touted the fact that all this innovation has a boost for the US economy too, claiming half its entire $5.4bn R&D budget is spent in the nation.
The remaining firms on the top 10 patent list are as follows: Qualcomm (2,897), Google (2,835), Intel (2,784), LG (2,428), Microsoft (2,398), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (2,288) and Sony (2.181). µ
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