Siemens Maintains Leadership in U.S. and Global Patents
The Intellectual Property Owners Association Ranks Siemens Ninth in U.S. Patents Granted in 2005
New York, Jul 14, 2006- The 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 innovation and infrastructure products and services. In addition to the WIPO ranking, The European Patent Office (EPO) once again ranked Siemens as Germany’s largest patent applicant and Europe’s second largest patent applicant for 2005.
“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. “With more than $900 million and 7,000 engineers and scientists dedicated to R&D in the U.S. alone, Siemens is able to grow its stable of protected intellectual property, resulting in meaningful infrastructure advancements for the U.S. and continuous organic revenue growth for Siemens.”
Siemens develops 34 new inventions every business day. Among the patents awarded to Siemens in the past year are:
* 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.
In the future, rigorous innovation management will remain a top priority for Siemens. Currently, Siemens employs 47,000 R&D professionals and invests more than $6 billion globally in exploring the unknown and developing new technologies. The company will continue to create shareholder value by increasing its strong intellectual property position and leveraging its global reach to influence regional standards and markets.
Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas of Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters 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. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com.
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