Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
IBM breaks record for US patents
By Tom Foremski in San Francisco
International Business Machines was awarded a record number of US patents last year, many in the increasingly litigious sectors of software and business processes.
The US Patent Office has seen the number of patent applications covering software and business processes mushroom in recent years. This has resulted in several disputes between US internet commerce companies over the ownership of e-commerce processes.