The 1,215 U.S. patents Xerox Corp. received in 2012 were enough to rank the company as one of the world’s top innovators on the annual IFI Patent Intelligence list. Xerox ranked 25th on the list, which was topped by IBM Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co.
Xerox’s 2012 total includes patents filed by Xerox and its subsidiaries, including the Palo Alto Research Center, A Xerox Company.
Xerox also filed patents through its joint venture in Japan, Fuji Xerox Co. Joint venture patents were not counted toward Xerox’s total. If they were, Xerox said it would have placed in the top 10 on IFI’s list.
Xerox said, overall, its patents issuance total was up more than 17 percent last year.
“Patents are an important measure of our continued investment in innovation but more importantly, it's the people behind the patents who turn these inventions into powerful solutions for our clients,” said Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox’s chief technology officer, in a statement.
“We're tapping into the creativity and customer-focus of our scientists and engineers to apply innovation in ways that not only advance our document technology but also simplify complex business processes through Xerox's diverse services in industries such as healthcare, finance, customer care and transportation,” she said.
Seventeen U.S.-based firms made the IFI Patent Intelligence Top 50 list in 2012, the same number as in 2011. The number of Asian firms also held steady at 26.
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