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IBM Granted Most US Patents in 2015, Study Finds

International Business Machines Corp. was granted the most U.S. patents for the 23rd year in a row in 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm IFI Claims Patents Services. There were 298,407 utility patents granted in 2015, down slightly from 2014, IFI Claims said on Wednesday. IBM gained 7,355 patents last year. Utility patents cover function rather than design. Among the technology giants notable for their intellectual property, Alphabet Inc.'s Google stepped up its...

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