IBM Gets 9100 Patents In 2018, India Unit Contributes 800

With over 800 patents from its India unit, IBM has received a total of 9,100 patents in 2018 marking the company’s 26th consecutive year of U.S. patent leadership. IBM also led the industry in the number of AI, cloud computing, security and quantum computing-related patent grants, with more than 4,000 patents.

IBM inventors from India received over 800 of patents, the second highest contributor to the global record tally.  One of the patents filed from India includes:  Structured representation and classification of noisy and unstructured tickets in service delivery

The investors from India include Shivali Agarwal, Gaargi B. Dasgupta, Shripad J. Nadgowda and Tapan K. Nayak.

Ticket analysis helps create problem diagnostics, prediction of outages and prevention of issues in service delivery, for example for help desks. Tickets can contain structured and unstructured text, making it challenging to extract useful information. IBM inventors developed an AI-based approach for structured representation and classification of noisy and unstructured data in tickets used in service delivery

Other highlights from U.S. patents awarded to IBM inventors include:

More than 1600 AI patents (more than any other organization) including Project Debater, a first-of-a-kind AI system from IBM Research that can debate humans on complex topics. IBM inventors patented an approach to use machine learning to identify evidence, such as relevant text segments in unstructured text data, which supports or opposes a claim or topic under consideration. This could help provide advancements in how machines and humans interact in conversation.

More than 2,000 cloud computing patents (more than any other organization) including “Improving isolation between cloud application and host,” a specialized monitor for unikernel-based virtual machines that improves isolation between a cloud application and its host, while also reducing provisioning times and improving performance. The approach is related to IBM’s research in container security and could enable organizations to more easily move data and applications securely across cloud and on-premises environments.

More than 1,400 cybersecurity patents including “Cognitive Security against Voice Phishing Activity”an AI-powered security approach to combat voice phishing activity, or “vishing” that uses a question answer system that could monitor and analyze a voice conversation between two parties to identify attempts by one party to deceive the other, alerting the potential victim and/or security team in real-time.

IBM was also awarded patents related to IoT including “Water Temperature Mapping and Monitoring to Protect Marine and Freshwater Life,” an intelligent system that could be used to identify, characterize, and monitor vertical temperature profiles and gradients that can affect various organisms and water quality in oceans and lakes. The analytics technologies combined with the IBM Cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) mapping has helped IBM along with collaborators to engineer the world’s smartest lake, Lake George in the State of New York.

The highest number of quantum computing patents issued including a new way of miniaturizing components that improve the performance of quantum computers. This may allow the integration of discrete elements into a single quantum computing chip.

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