IBM people are prodigous inventors. In 2007 alone, IBM was allowed 3,125 US patents. In the period from 1993 through 2007, IBM has acquired 38,707 US patents.  I can visualize the torrents of office actions flooding out of some pipe from the USPTO into the mailroom at IBM Galactic Headquarters.

Imagine trying to enforce this collection of patents. Crimony! With this many patents- and who knows how few are abandoned- IBM must be involved in litigation almost continuously. Imagine the legions of confident, white-shirted IBM attorneys marching in lockstep, “Think!” banners streaming in the breeze!  It would be fascinating to see how they make these patents actually result in cash flow. Who knows, IBM may have the biggest patent picket fence in the universe?!