How this regular programmer became a ‘Master Inventor’ at IBM — and how you can follow in her footsteps (IBM)

IBM is awfully proud of its patent portfolio.
The company spends about $6 billion a year on R&D and has research scientists working on everything from nanotechnology to evidence of the Big Bang.


Kelly Abuelsaad, 33 currently works as a software engineer for IBM’s cloud services team, and she started as a system administrator. (That’s an IT person that keeps a company’s technology running smoothly.)

She bills herself as an "accidental inventor" yet has invented so much stuff for the company in the past six years, she’s been crowned a "Master Inventor."  That’s a special title at the company for someone who has lots patents and helps other ordinary employees do the same…

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