Patents, the word that was majorly used in legal wars in 2011 by IT manufacturing giants against each other is something all of them want to keep up with. In 2011, IBM remained at the number one position with 6180 patents to its credit, achieving this feat for the 19th time in a row. However, the Asian giant Samsung came at number two with 4894 patents to its credit. This was at the expense of Microsoft and Intel losing their places from prominent positions.
A thing to note here is that with Samsung’s 8 percent growth in patents outpaced 5 percent IBMs patent. At this pace if Samsung keeps up filing more and more patents it could fetch the number one patent holding position from IBM.
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