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Short Take: IBM top patent winners in 1997

International Business Machines has captured the top spot among U.S. patent recipients for the fifth consecutive year. Big Blue said it received 1,724 U.S. patents in 1997, the second-highest total in its history after the record 1,867 it was awarded in 1996. Canon placed second, while NEC beat out Motorola to take the No. 3 slot. For the second straight year, Japanese companies captured seven of the top 10 spots and U.S. companies the remaining three.

International Business Machines has captured the top spot among U.S. patent recipients for the fifth consecutive year. Big Blue said it received 1,724 U.S. patents in 1997, the second-highest total in its history after the record 1,867 it was awarded in 1996. Canon placed second, while NEC beat out Motorola to take the No. 3 slot. For the second straight year, Japanese companies captured seven of the top 10 spots and U.S. companies the remaining three.