In cloud computing, IBM inventors got more than 2,000 patents that include a patent on a specialised monitor for unikernel-based virtual machines
The inventors from global IT company IBM received a whopping 9,100 patents in the year 2018, leading the US patent market consecutively for 26th year. The company led the industry in the number of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, cloud computing and quantum computing-related patent grants.
Almost half of the 2018 patents were related to pioneering developments in AI, cybersecurity, cloud computing, quantum computing and blockchain.
IBM inventors were granted 1,600 patents in AI that include innovative ways to use the AI to help people converse and protect the waterways and lakes. The inventors also earned more than 1,400 cybersecurity patents in which AI played a major role, including an AI-powered security method to counter voice phishing.
Speaking about the development, Ginni Rometty, chairman, President and CEO, IBM, said, “IBM is committed to leading the way on the technologies that change the way the world works – and solving problems many people have not even thought of yet. Our clients and their customers are the beneficiaries of these innovations, particularly our leadership in AI, cloud, blockchain and security for business.”
Over 2000 patents in cloud computing
In cloud computing, IBM inventors got more than 2,000 patents that include a patent on a specialised monitor for unikernel-based virtual machines. This takes a lightweight approach in order to improve isolation and security between a cloud application and its host, besides reducing provisioning times and enhancing performance.
IBM inventors also earned patents related to Internet of Things (IoT) that include “Water Temperature Mapping and Monitoring to Protect Marine and Freshwater Life.” This is an intelligent system that could be used for identifying, characterising and monitoring vertical temperature gradients and profiles that can affect several organisms and quality of water in lakes and oceans.
In addition, the company was granted a patent for a unique approach to encrypt data stored in a blockchain, where the transactions are encrypted by using an encryption key.
IBM investors also received patents in quantum computing that include a new approach for miniaturising components to enhance the performance of quantum computers.
A diverse group of over 8,500 inventors of IBM received new patents in 47 different states of the US and 48 countries.