IBM is a multinational technology and consulting company that is headquartered in Armonk, New York and was founded in 1911 by Thomas J. Watson. IBM is the largest technology and consulting company in the world with over 380,000 employees in over 170 countries.
In 2018, IMB was granted the most patents in a given year to an American company with 9,100 patents, including 3,000+ patents in the fields of quantum computing, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence (1,600 patents). IFI CLAIMS Patent Services announced as of January 2019 IBM has received the most U.S. patents every year compared to every other American companies for 26 consecutive years (from 1992 to 2018).
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- Cloud computingForm of internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand
- Artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines.
- Quantum computingThe study of computation systems that make use of quantum mechanical phenomena (eg entanglement and superposition). Quantum computers use qubits (rather than binary 0 and 1s) which can be in both states at the same time by being in a superposition of states.