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Amazon's latest patents: From new drones to odor-sniffing refrigerators

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Posted at 8:06 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 10:06:55-05

PHOENIX — Inventors at Amazon.com Inc. were busy this year. The Seattle company, under the name Amazon Technologies Inc., has secured roughly 2,400 patents in 2019, a few hundred more than the previous year.

The company won't top others like Samsung Electronics Co. or even Microsoft Corp. for most patents awarded, but Amazon's steady climb in securing ownership of its ideas over the last decade is still impressive.

A lot of Amazon's patents are for highly technical concepts in cloud computing or communication between computers.

Others often come into play to create better efficiences at the company's network of distribution centers around the country, including several in the Valley.

Click here to see some of the most interesting — and weird — ideas the company had approved this year, from the Phoenix Business Journal.