Xerox (NYSE:XRX) received 1,168 U.S. patents in 2013, making it one of the world’s top innovative companies and adding to its portfolio of over 12,100 active U.S. patents that help businesses and organizations simplify work. IFI Claims, a research company that compiles an annual patent list, ranked Xerox as 32nd in its 2013 report based on 1,013 patents, which does not include over 150 patents from its wholly owned subsidiaries, such as the Palo Alto Research Center ( PARC), A Xerox Company. Combining subsidiaries and the 800 U.S. patents awarded in 2013 through Xerox’s joint venture in Japan, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., Xerox would be ranked 10 th with 1,968 patents on the IFI Patent Intelligence list worldwide. Xerox is celebrating its 75th year of innovation which began when Chester Carlson, the company’s founding inventor, made the first xerographic copy in a make-shift lab in Astoria, Queens, N.Y. and was granted U.S. Patent 2,297,691, illustrating the basic process of xerography. “Chester Carlson’s legacy lives on through Xerox scientists and engineers around the globe who continue to help our clients create agile and personalized business processes,” said Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group. “By collaborating closely with our clients, we create differentiated document technology and simplify the way work gets done in industries such as healthcare, finance, education, customer care and transportation.” Xerox scientists and researchers apply their expertise in areas such as imaging, data analytics, automation, personalization and sustainability to innovate simpler ways of doing business - well beyond anything Carlson could have envisioned. For example:
- U.S. Patent 8,617,081 was issued for a system and method that can detect a human pulse rate from a sequence of video images, leading to low-cost non-contact medical monitoring. Xerox today provides services to healthcare professionals in over 1,700 hospitals in the US. Research like this project could help provide better and less invasive care.
- U.S. Patent 8,520,074 describes a system and method for using infrared imaging to automatically detect the number of people in an image, such as the number of people in a car. This research enables optimizing usage of high occupancy vehicle lanes and helps relieve congestion as well as creates a new source of transportation revenue.
- U.S. Patent 8,537,398 describes a “cloud based” method and system for managing the inventory of printer supplies for remote printers. These types of capabilities contribute to Xerox’s success in Managed Print Services (MPS).
Xerox has been awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States and a number of innovation awards including being a three time winner on Thomson Reuters' listing of the World's 100 Most Innovative Companies and being named to MIT Technology Review’s 50 Most Disruptive Companies in 2013.About Xerox Since the invention of Xerography 75 years ago, the people of Xerox (NYSE: XRX) have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, we are the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations. Learn more at www.xerox.com. Note: To receive RSS news feeds, visit http://news.xerox.com/rss. For open commentary, industry perspectives and views visit http://www.linkedin.com/company/xerox, http://twitter.com/xeroxcorp, http://realbusinessatxerox.blogs.xerox.com, http://www.facebook.com/XeroxCorp, http://www.youtube.com/XeroxCorp. Xerox ® and Xerox and Design ® are trademarks of Xerox in the United States and/or other countries.