Thanks to annually investing more than 7% of its worldwide sales revenue in research and development, Endress+Hauser Group reports that its engineers and other technical professionals filed a record-breaking 270 new patent applications in 2015.
“With 270 first applications and 456 patents granted, we’re pleased to report that we once more exceeded last year’s good results,” says Angelika Andres, head of PatServe, Endress+Hauser’s intellectual property department. “The development shows a high level of continuity and a good spread across all our key technologies.”
The segment with the strongest patent growth was analytics, where recent strategic acquisitions, such as Analytik Jena, SpectraSensors and Kaiser Optical Systems, have been making themselves felt. Endress+Hauser adds that its proprietary rights active worldwide have increased to 6,552.
On average, four out of five invention disclosures from Endress+Hauser’s rank and file are forwarded to the patent office. More than half of these have global relevance, and are also patented in the U.S. and China. Only about 30% of all patents reach business relevance, often after many years, but they are crucially important for the company's growth.
“Our proprietary rights not only protect individual innovations, but the enterprise as a whole,” adds Michael Ziesemer, COO of the Endress+Hauser Group. “Our own broad-based patent portfolio allows us to fend off attacks by competitors with much better chances of success.”