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Siemens Reinforces Innovation Capabilities as Germany's Patent Leader

Siemens Reinforces Innovation Capabilities as Germany's Patent Leader
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29 / 03 / 2023

Siemens filed precisely 1,735 patent applications with the European Patent Office in 2022 – more than any other company in Germany. This figure puts Siemens in sixth place in the patent application rankings. The inventors who work at Siemens lay the foundation for progress and generate long-term benefits for customers and society.

“We’re not slackening on innovations, despite external challenges such as the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and inflation. These results underscore Siemens’ innovation capabilities and our focus on the entire range of industrial applications as well as patent quality,” said Dr Peter Körte, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Siemens AG.  

The growth areas for Siemens AG’s patent portfolio are data security; machine learning and artificial intelligence; modelling and simulation; transportation in smart cities; additive manufacturing; and blockchain. All these technologies provide digital-transformation solutions that are offered in the open, digital business platform Siemens Xcelerator. At the same time, they show where the major levers of digital transformation lie that can be used to achieve the urgently needed steps toward greater sustainability.

Siemens is among the strongest patent applicants worldwide

Ideas lead to innovations that create competitive advantages. Unless these ideas and innovations enjoy solid protection, this advantage is quickly lost. For this reason, Siemens’ intellectual property activities focus on strengthening its competitiveness. The company holds a large number of granted patents worldwide and thus ranks highly in other international statistics as well.  

The company’s founder, Werner von Siemens, once said, “I believe that one of the main reasons our factories have thrived is that our products are largely based on our own inventions.”  

In fiscal 2022, Siemens filed 2,650 patents worldwide. During the same period, the company reported 4,650 inventions, which amounts to 21 inventions per working day. In total, Siemens holds more than 46,700 granted patents worldwide.  

In fiscal 2022, Siemens spent about €5.6 billion on research and development (R&D), with some 46,900 people working in R&D at the company.

Source: Siemens AG