IBM topped the U.S. patent list for the 20th consecutive year in 2012. The company's inventors received a record 6,478 patents for a range of inventions that will enable advancements in key computing domains such as analytics, Big Data, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile and cognitive systems. IBM Master Inventor Stephen Bedell (pictured) shows a new class of flexible and versatile semiconductor materials enabled by U.S. Patent #8,247,261 that will power ultra-thin, lightweight and flexible products and can be applied to technologies including biomedicine, wearable computing and solid-state lighting. (Credit, Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)
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