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January 12th, 2004
IBM top U.S. patent earner in 2003
IBM Corp. (Armonk, N.Y.) said it earned more U.S. patents in 2003 than any other company, making it the top patent earner for the eleventh year in a row. The 3,415 U.S. patents were the most ever granted to a company in a single year, exceeding 3,000 patents for the third year running. About 1,200 of IBM's patents were in the semiconductor field, including an improved silicon-on-insulator (SOI) isolation barrier, and a method for patterning self-assembled nanotechnology objects.
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