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Cisco ranked #1 Innovator by The Patent Board

March 24, 2011 - 1 Comment

Cisco continues to hold the top spot as “#1 Innovator in the Telecom & Communications industry” in The Patent Board scorecard released this week.

According to a release issued by The Patent Board, “Cisco holds a comfortable lead over the industry, and had a patent count increase of 10%, well above the 8.3% industry average increase.”

On their website, The Patent Board says the scorecard “ranks corporate innovation using a series of metrics to determine patent quality, technological strength and breadth of impact.”

Cisco’s Managing Director of Intellectual Property Dan Lang says:

“We’re very proud of Cisco’s reputation as an innovator.  Cisco continues to invest heavily in research and development, and the new statistics from The Patent Board indicate the breadth and quality of our innovation.”

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  1. What is Cisco doing to maintain its current network? I specifically ask this in relation to large companies.

    I understand innovation; however, with large companies, sometimes doing a simple network upgrade far exceeds the benefit of becoming innovative and changing everything.

    I like Cisco, it has always been a great company, yet I wonder if it truly understands its function. Once you get big, you need to fight to stay big. Trying to change the game is no longer a good idea, instead, the focus should be on maintaining the game and growing organically.

    I’ve worked for a large corporation for many years, and we have done quite a few good things to grow our business effectively without stepping out of bounds. When I look at Cisco, I see an identity crisis. Cisco is a leader, but now, the market has matured. What are you doing to keep the customers you already have, and what suggestions are you providing to help them grow their businesses faster?

    The real money is in upgrades. Technology, the network, and the basis of the network were all established in the 1990’s, and like the automotive industry, they will not change for many years to come.

    The money is in preservation, efficiency, reliability, etc. A company with a good network will never talk about its network company. They won’t need to. It’s good, and it is what it is.