For better or for worse, patents have taken a front seat in today’s technology world. Research firm IFI recently revealed the 2012 patent rankings and the usual suspects all made it to this much esteemed list this year. Microsoft came in sixth in the list last year with 2,613 patents, a very healthy number putting the...

The 2012 patent rankings just came in and the usual suspects all made it to the very top. Research firm IFI revealed that Microsoft came in sixth in the list last year with 2,613 patents. This puts the Redmond technology company a fair bit ahead of rivals like Google (1,151 patents) and Apple (1,136 patents), which is...