(Bloomberg) -- IBM received the most U.S. patents in 2015 for the 23rd consecutive year, as the company extends its bet that clients will increasingly need and buy more services that use machine learning and similar technologies to improve business functions.

International Business Machines Corp. was awarded 7,355 patents in 2015, the company said Wednesday in a statement. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. received the second-most patents followed by Canon Inc., Qualcomm Inc. and Google Inc., according to data compiled by IFI Claims Patent Services, a unit of Fairview Research LLC.

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