Monday, June 26, 2006
Grand Ideas Pay Off for Xerox Canadian R&D Centre -- Xerox Research Centre of Canada achieves 1,000th patent
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 26, 2006 – The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) today announced it has been awarded its 1,000th U.S. patent, surpassing a key milestone in the facility’s 30+ year record of innovation responsible for piquing the interest of, amongst others, the Canadian federal and provincial governments and global research community.
With only 120 scientists, XRCC has generated approximately 160 potentially commercial technology ideas every year in the past several years, working at breakneck speed to pursue almost four novel scientific ideas per week. This has resulted in 40-60 patents on average per year.
“Achieving our 1,000th patent is testament to the innovative prowess and productivity of XRCC people,” says Hadi Mahabadi, Xerox vice president and director of the Centre. “It emphasizes that building a research facility in a location rich with creative talent, a diversity of cultures and knowledge, and a multi-disciplinary scientific focus is a recipe for innovation success.”