IBM earned 6,478 utility patents last year, topping the list of patent winners for the 20th year in a row, according to data from IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. With its record haul, Big Blue bested its 2011 patent tally by 5%.
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Innovation is often cited as a prerequisite for closing the income gap with Australia, but it appears there is no shortage of innovation in the Shakey Isles, with New Zealand outpacing the Lucky Country in the registration of US patents.