IBM retains patent crown

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IBM gained more U.S. patents than any other company in 2003, Big Blue announced Monday.

The computing giant said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted it 3,415 patents, marking the 11th consecutive year the company has been the top recipient. IBM said it is the only company to garner more than 3,000 patents in one year, which it has done for the past three years.

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