IBM scientists and researchers received 9,130 U.S. patents in 2020, the most of any company, marking 28 consecutive years of IBM patent leadership. IBM led the industry in the number of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, quantum computing and security-related patents granted. 

IBM Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, Dario Gil, has said "In the face of unprecedented challenges, the world needs scientific thinking and science-led action more than ever. IBM’s ongoing commitment to investing in research and development has paved the way for new products and market leadership that has greatly benefited our clients and society".
 

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