Microsoft's 10,000th U.S. patent; now echelon among patent filers

Microsoft has reached a milestone, having received its 10,000th U.S. patent earlier this month. The efforts have propelled Microsoft to the upper echelon among patent filers, though IBM still gets more patents issued than any other company. Last year, Big Blue became the first company to have 4,000 patents issued in a single year. "Logging the […]

Microsoft has reached a milestone, having received its 10,000th U.S. patent earlier this month. The efforts have propelled Microsoft to the upper echelon among patent filers, though IBM still gets more patents issued than any other company. Last year, Big Blue became the first company to have 4,000 patents issued in a single year.

"Logging the 10,000th patent really is a testament to all of the innovation that has been taking place," Microsoft chief patent counsel Bart Eppenauer said in an interview.

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