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This week, the US Patent and Trademark Office published statistics on patents issued during 2009. The data revealed that Cisco is maintaining an incredible run of innovation that has seen the number of patents secured by the company increase six fold in the past decade, and by more than any other major technology company during the past year.

In 2001 Cisco secured 163 patents, but fueled by an investment in R&D that has been above 10% of company revenues for a decade, that number increased to 913 in the past year. It’s worth noting that Cisco has also been recognized during this time by the Patent Board as the #1 company in its industry in terms of patent quality, technology strength and breadth of impact.

To figure out the importance of patents to Cisco’s innovation strategy, I asked Tony Bates, SVP / GM of Enterprise, Commercial and Small Business technology, (himself the holder of a dozen patents) whether patents are a good measure of innovation, why Cisco continued to invest heavily in R&D during the downturn, and crucially…who holds the most patents at Cisco!

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7 Comments.


  1. That is impressive that Cisco has been recognized by the Patent Board as the #1 company in its industry in terms of patent quality.There are a lot of quality players in this industry and I know to achieve this award is not easy.

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  2. I was just discussing the importance of patents with a good friend of mine. He argued that Patents only hurt the consumer. However, In the case of an innovative company like Cisco, without patents they would have no motivation to invest in R&D.Anyway I’m sure Cisco will continue to be a market innovator

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  3. thanks a lot for the information

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  4. Yes nice news about patents in cisco.I think it’s a good strategy

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  5. It’s good to see Cisco continuing to innovate and spend money on important research despite the recession.

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  7. Impressive Patent Number!
    Cisco Systems is our number one, when it comes to our network solutions. Thanks for your innovative spirit.

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