Siemens maintains leadership in global and U.S. patents
The Intellectual Property Owners Association Ranks Siemens Ninth in U.S. Patents Granted in 2005
Munich, Jun 23, 2006, The American patent authority Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) ranked Siemens ninth on its list of top U.S. patent owners in 2005. Siemens was granted 1,345 U.S. patents last year in key infrastructure areas such as healthcare, transportation, energy, water, automation and business technologies. Globally, Siemens was the third largest applicant in 2005 for “international patent applications” via the PCT filing system of the World International Patent Organization (WIPO), once again validating the company’s position as a global leader in innovative solutions and products and services. In addition to the WIPO ranking, in 2005 Siemens was ranked as Germany’s largest patent applicant once again by the German Patent Office (DPMA) and as Europe’s second largest patent applicant by the European Patent Office (EPO).
“Siemens’ success depends on the creativity of our people and the resources we give them to pursue innovations that improve the way we live and work,” said George Nolen, President and CEO of Siemens Corporation in the U.S. Worldwide, Siemens invested over EUR 5.2 billion in research and development in the past fiscal year, of which over EUR 700 million was in the U.S. alone. Of the company’s 47,000 employees dedicated to research and development, 7,000 of them are in the U.S., allowing Siemens to continuously grow its stable of protected intellectual property there. The company’s innovations contribute to meaningful infrastructure advancements in the U.S. as well as continuous organic revenue growth for Siemens Prof. Winfried Büttner, Head of Intellectual Property at Siemens AG: “The patent system is important to the global marketplace because it stimulates investment in research and development which can result in significant economic growth throughout the world. Our investments help tap new markets for our customers. They can offer end consumers more efficient technologies and innovative solutions, and approach them with new business models.”
Siemens develops 34 new inventions every business day. The following are just a few examples of the numerous patented innovations developed by Siemens in recent years:
• Siemens Corporate Research in New Jersey was awarded a patent for a development in imaging technology that can segment and extract objects from the background of an image. The method is widely used in both academic and industrial applications, particularly in the area of medical imaging.
• Siemens water technology company, USFilter, was awarded a patent for a new method of treating wastewater. The method will help reduce the amount of chemicals needed to treat and clean wastewater and will lower the operating costs of treatments plants.
• Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services received a patent for an IT application that will advance the use of digital data tools used in medicine. The system facilitates electronic sharing of patient medical data between different software applications, so, for example, a patient’s health history can be automatically matched with stored X-rays.
• Siemens Building Technologies was awarded a patent for a technology that will help protect indoor environmental quality by ensuring compliance with environmental regulations in settings where temperature and air quality are critical, such as in drug manufacturing facilities.
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About Siemens Corporate Technology
In the fiscal year 2004/2005, Siemens invested € 5.2 billion in research and development. Worldwide, approximately more than 47,000 researchers and developers work on the newest technologies. With 53,000 current patents, the company is a world leader. Within the corporate department, Corporate Technology (CT), over 2,500 employees work worldwide on key and profile technologies that have a significant role in managerial areas. In addition, CT is responsible within Siemens for global patent management, environmental protection and work with international standardization bodies as well as for the Corporate Information Research Center. Further information about CT is available in the Internet at www.siemens.com/corporate-technology.
About Siemens U.S.
The U.S. corporate headquarters are located in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.
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