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Bosch files for significantly more patents in 2006


· Number of first-filed patent applications up by nine percent

· An average of 14 new patent applications every working day

STUTTGART. Last year, the researchers and engineers at Bosch were especially inventive when it came to discovering new products, processes, and technologies. With 3,056 first-filed patent applications, the company exceeded its prior-year level of 2,803 applications by nine percent. In other words, every working day an average of 14 developments are submitted to the patent offices for first filing. In the year before last, this average was still just 12 per working day. “These figures underscore the Bosch Group’s great innovative strength, which results in beneficial solutions that improve the quality of life,” said Dr. Siegfried Dais. As deputy chairman of the board of management, his responsibilities include research and advance engineering at Bosch.

In 2006, Bosch invested 3.3 billion euros, or 7.6 percent of its sales, in research and development. The year before that, this figure was just under 3.1 billion euros, or a 7.4 percent share of sales. A total of roughly 26,000 associates work in research and development in the group. Most of them are employed in Germany.

The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. In fiscal 2006, some 260,000 associates generated sales of 43.7 billion euros. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,” the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of some 300 subsidiaries and more than 13,000 Bosch service centers in over 140 countries.

The special ownership structure of the Bosch Group guarantees its financial independence and entrepreneurial freedom. It makes it possible for the company to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future, as well as to do justice to its social responsibility in a manner reflective of the spirit and will of its founder. A total of 92 % of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by the charitable foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.

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