Endress+Hauser Group invests more than seven percent of its sales worldwide in research and development, and receives a consistently high rate of patent applications in all areas of measurement technology. According to Endress+Hauser, patent application rates hit a new record in 2015, with 270 first applications and 456 patents granted.
To honor its inventors, the group recently invited those who filed a patent to its annual Innovators’ Meeting. More than 300 people attended the 2016 event this month in Mulhouse, France. Inventors who filed patents that are particularly important in economic terms also received prizes during the event.
“This is how we show our inventors that we appreciate their work,” explained Michael Ziesemer, COO of the Endress+Hauser Group.
“With 270 first applications and 456 patents granted, we’re pleased to report that we once more exceeded last year’s good results,” said 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.”
According to Endress+Hauser, the segment with the strongest growth was analytics. 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 USA and in China.