Growth in these fields has spurred the development of high-performance microchips, including ones from IBM. Other areas with rapid growth include 3-D printing, cloud technology, and drones. Overall, the most popular category of patents are related to hardware and software for digital data processing.
IBM had the highest projected number of patent family applications in 2017, and 9,043 patents were assigned to the technology company. For the 25th year in a row, IBM received more patents than any other company. IBM’s 9,043 patents include 1,400 related to artificial intelligence and 1,200 related to cybersecurity. It also obtained patents for simplifying blockchain transactions and machine learning patents involving autonomous vehicle behavior in emergencies.