Patent No. 8229853. 2012.   Real-time fraud prevention.    
This patented system stops fraudulent credit and debit card purchases before they happen. The locations of the purchases must match what you have indicated in your travel itineraries, and if they don’t, the system will recognize that something’s up and stop the transaction before you fund someone’s extravagant designer-handbag shopping spree.
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Patent No. 8229853. 2012.   
Real-time fraud prevention.    

This patented system stops fraudulent credit and debit card purchases before they happen. The locations of the purchases must match what you have indicated in your travel itineraries, and if they don’t, the system will recognize that something’s up and stop the transaction before you fund someone’s extravagant designer-handbag shopping spree.

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20 Years of Patent Leadership (by IBMLabs)

IBM has generated more U.S. patents than any other company for 20 years in a row (6,478 patents in 2012). More than a number, it is an indicator of the company’s impact on industry: from semiconductor work transforming the mobile industry, to machine learning being used in healthcare, via the IBM Watson system.

Patent grants hit all-time high in 2011; IBM leads the way | CNET News
Historically, IBM has led the pack in total patents granted,  and this year is no exception. According to IFI, the company was  granted 6,180 utility patents, up nearly 5 percent from 2010. Samsung  took the second spot with 4,894 patents, followed by Canon at 2,821  patents. Panasonic and Toshiba rounded out the top five with 2,559 and  2,483 utility patents, respectively.

Patent grants hit all-time high in 2011; IBM leads the way | CNET News

Historically, IBM has led the pack in total patents granted, and this year is no exception. According to IFI, the company was granted 6,180 utility patents, up nearly 5 percent from 2010. Samsung took the second spot with 4,894 patents, followed by Canon at 2,821 patents. Panasonic and Toshiba rounded out the top five with 2,559 and 2,483 utility patents, respectively.

Can Watson’s Mega-Brain Help Rid the World of Patent Trolls?
IBM’s Watson is most famous for handing Ken Jennings his ass on Jeopardy, but since then the supercomputer’s talents have been used to help doctors diagnose and treat disease. But Watson’s greatest trick might still be ahead of it: beating back the scourge of patent trolls.
A key part of Watson’s medical mission is the scanning and cataloging  of millions of drug discoveries buried in medical journals and patents.  Through IBM’s Strategic IP Insight Platform, Watson has cataloged some  2.5 million chemical compounds. IBM has donated the database to NIH,  which is a boon to scientists all over the world because it includes  troves of otherwise hard to find information about expired patents.
But as ExtremeTech suggests, there’s no reason the technology should  be limited to medical patents when it could be used to go through all  patents.

Can Watson’s Mega-Brain Help Rid the World of Patent Trolls?

IBM’s Watson is most famous for handing Ken Jennings his ass on Jeopardy, but since then the supercomputer’s talents have been used to help doctors diagnose and treat disease. But Watson’s greatest trick might still be ahead of it: beating back the scourge of patent trolls.

A key part of Watson’s medical mission is the scanning and cataloging of millions of drug discoveries buried in medical journals and patents. Through IBM’s Strategic IP Insight Platform, Watson has cataloged some 2.5 million chemical compounds. IBM has donated the database to NIH, which is a boon to scientists all over the world because it includes troves of otherwise hard to find information about expired patents.

But as ExtremeTech suggests, there’s no reason the technology should be limited to medical patents when it could be used to go through all patents.

IBM Inventors Break Patent Record  IBM today announced that its inventors received a record 5,896 U.S. patents in 2010, marking the 18th consecutive year it has topped the list of the world’s most inventive companies. IBM became the first company to be granted as many as 5,000 U.S. patents in a single year. It took IBM’s inventors more than 50 years to receive their first 5,000 patents after the company was established in 1911 

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United States to speed up green technology patents

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Green technology patents will see a year shaved off the average forty month wait time to approve new patents in the US. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing a one-year pilot program to push green technology patent applications through the process more quickly, so that the technologies can reach the market faster. The USPTO will accept the first 3,000 petitions that meet the requirements outlined by the government office to participate in this unique pilot program. The technology must fall under the US classification for “green”, meaning that it enhances environmental quality, conserves energy, develops renewable energy resources, or lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

“Every day an important green tech innovation is hindered from coming to market is another day we harm our planet and another day lost in creating green businesses and green jobs,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos.

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IBM researchers will pursue improved patent quality by applying their advanced statistical and data analytics expertise to help create a Patent Quality Index that can help applicants and examiners and the public objectively assess, evaluate and measure the quality of patent applications (Dr.Guruduth Banavar, Director, IBM India Research Laboratory, talks  about the company’s initiatives to ensure patent quality)

IBM researchers will pursue improved patent quality by applying their advanced statistical and data analytics expertise to help create a Patent Quality Index that can help applicants and examiners and the public objectively assess, evaluate and measure the quality of patent applications (Dr.Guruduth Banavar, Director, IBM India Research Laboratory, talks about the company’s initiatives to ensure patent quality)