IBM tops US patent recipient list in 2012

“We are proud of this new benchmark in technological and scientific creativity, which grows out of IBM’s century-long commitment to research and development,” IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in a statement.

Among the patents IBM received was one for an invention included in its Watson computer system, featured on the game show "Jeopardy!," that enables a computer to provide answers to questions that people ask it. It was also awarded a patent for a technique it invented that reduces energy consumption in cloud computing equipment.