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2001 Patent Activity Puts Xerox On Top 10 U.S. List

Press release from the issuing company

STAMFORD, Conn.--Jan. 10, 2002--With more than 900 U.S. patents granted in diverse areas such as digital color imaging, intelligent machine control and document management software in 2001, Xerox Corporation again notched a place among the nation's top technology innovators. Xerox's innovation in 2001 was part of an overall strong showing in the intellectual property area that included a major win in court and new ways to generate additional income from its U.S. patent portfolio. Xerox has been issued 17,375 patents since the company received its first in 1933. According to data from IFI CLAIMS Patent Services released today, Xerox, along with its joint-venture partner in Japan, Fuji Xerox, was awarded 921 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The research company reports 722 patents were granted to Xerox and 199 granted to Fuji Xerox, landing Xerox in the top 10 U.S.-based companies. "Xerox's patents exemplify the creative energy and innovative ability in hundreds of Xerox people around the world. Our prolific inventors help keep Xerox a competitive force in the industry with top-notch products and solutions to serve our customers' needs,'' said Herve Gallaire, president, Xerox Innovation Group, and chief technology officer. For example, the Xerox DocuColor iGen3(TM) Digital Production Press -- to be launched later this year -- takes Xerox's strong heritage in imaging, computing, and materials and color science to the next level. Its development generated more than 300 new patented inventions to help make the color printing press more powerful than anything currently available to graphic arts and publishing customers. "Clearly, innovation continues be alive and well at Xerox's many research facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivering real business results for the corporation,'' Gallaire said. Along with vigorous patent activity, Xerox focuses on invention and licensing activity as a means of creating greater value for its customers and shareholders.