IBM’s scientists, researchers and engineers continue to roll out trend-setting technology – on average, producing advances that win 22 patents a day.

Yes, Big Blue continues to set the pace for winning patents, setting a record for IP in 2016 with more than 8,000 and leading the corporate ranks in awards for the 24th consecutive year.

Of those, 960 were awarded to North Carolina-based inventors, an IBM spokesperson told WRAL TechWire.

Samsung was a distant second with more than 5,000. Canon placed third at over 3,600 followed by Qualcomm.

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“Leading the world in innovation for 24 years in a row is a result of IBM’s unmatched commitment to innovation and R&D – reflected in this year’s new U.S. patent record,” said IBM chairman, president and CEO Ginni Rometty in the announcement made Monday. “We are deeply proud of our inventors’ unique contributions to discovery, science and technology that are driving progress across business and society and opening the new era of cognitive business.”

Hundreds of patents are won on average every year by IBMers at its big campus in RTP and across the state.

Some 2,700 were produced in New York state to set the pace for the tech giant.

IBM notes that its inventors were spread across 47 states and more than 40 countries.

Among the patents, IBM secured some 2,700 alone in artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and cloud computing.

That’s nearly as many as Google won in total (2,835), notes news site IPWatchdog.

The patent data is compiled by IFI Claims Patent Services.

The top 10 patent winners:

  1. IBM – 8,088
  2. Samsung Electronics – 5,518
  3. Canon – 3,665
  4. Qualcomm – 2,897
  5. Google – 2,835
  6. Intel – 2,784
  7. LG Electronics – 2,428
  8. Microsoft – 2,398
  9. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. – 2,288
  10. Sony – 2,181