In 2012, IBM was granted 6,478 patents.
In 2012, I was personally granted 7 patents (totaling 42 US patents)
What a great company to offer such a great program. I can’t think of a better company perk for someone who HAS to create…like me.
You see, in most every development project there is the burst of ideas, quickly followed with “Wow, that is a great idea, but we don’t have time to implement that”. If that were the end, there would be a lot of frustrated creative people.
However, IBM offers a way for the creative to proceed to see just how far that idea can go. Most of these issued patents came from ideas to make our products better that just did not have the funding to get implemented at the time. But since the ideas were unique, and the details of how they could be built were complete, we filed a patent.
So satisfying to be able to use our creative muscles…thanks IBM!
Here are the 7 that were granted to me in 2012:
Goal based user interface for managing business solutions in an on demand environment
Disk with embedded flash memory and disc drive
Verifying that group membership requirements are met by users
Implementing dynamic authority to perform tasks on a resource
Dynamic and intelligent hover assistance
Movement-based dynamic filtering of search results in a graphical user interface