Company Reaps Benefits from More Than 600 Patents in 2008
NORWALK, CT, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) says a
steadfast commitment to research and development is one way to help survive
tough economic times. Just last year, Xerox and its inventors earned 609 U.S.
utility patents, exceeding a commitment to increase the company's annual
number of awarded patents by one-third.
Xerox Chief Technology Officer and president of the Xerox Innovation
Group, Sophie Vandebroek says companies must keep the innovation pipeline
flowing even in a lean economic climate or they will face huge product gaps in
"You cannot sacrifice tomorrow to save today. Our investment in
innovation guarantees Xerox leadership in our core business and creates
opportunity to grow in new markets," said Vandebroek. "It's also a source of
pride for us. More than 2300 employees, past and present, have been granted
five or more patents - an extraordinary accomplishment."
Important discoveries among the 2008 patents include:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,377,971 covers low energy solid inks and was used
in the Thaser 8860. This innovation will also help reduce energy
- U.S. Patent No. 7,413,842, which covers advanced emulsion aggregation
(EA) toner technology that allowed the extension of the use of EA
toners to high-end office products. EA toner yields sharper image
quality, higher reliability and reduced toner usage in an energy
efficient manufacturing process. Pages printed with EA toner use 40
percent to 50 percent less material than conventional toner.
- U.S. Patent No. 7,382,993, which proposes a method for controlling
image quality consistency between print engines operating in
parallel. The technology improves engine-to-engine toner reproduction
consistency in the Xerox Nuvera production system.
- U.S. Patent No 7,370,034, which is the basis for TrueMatch Search and
Retrieval, enables users to scan a document, then locate and send the
corresponding original electronic version to their e-mail account and
print a fresh copy.
Included in the 2008 total are 18 patents granted to Dr. Peter Kazmaier,
a chemist and manager of the New Materials Design group at the Xerox Research
Centre Canada. Kazmaier is one of only 18 Xerox inventors to reach the elite
100-patent milestone, ending 2008 with 101. Several of Kazmaier's recent
patents, including his 100th, relate to Xerox's erasable paper project that
will ultimately help reduce paper use by making printed images last only a
day, so that the paper can be used again and again.
The patent tally also includes those awarded to the Palo Alto Research
Center Inc. and XMPie, wholly owned subsidiaries of Xerox Corporation. When
combined with Xerox's joint venture partner in Japan, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., the
total for the Xerox Group was more than 940. The two companies coordinate
their research strategically. Together, Xerox and Fuji Xerox invest about $1.5
billion annually in research, development and engineering.
In 2008 Xerox introduced 29 new products, garnering more than 230 awards
worldwide. The company currently holds more than 8900 active patents in the
U.S., and it has received more than 55,000 worldwide patents since the company
Xerox Corporation operates research and technology centers in the United
States, Canada and Europe that conduct work in color science, digital imaging,
computational methods, work practices, system science, materials science and
other disciplines connected to Xerox's expertise in printing and document
management. The company consistently builds its inventions into business by
embedding them in Xerox products, services and solutions, using them as the
foundation of new businesses, or licensing or selling them to other entities.
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