Leading position in the European Patent Office's patent ranking
In the 2021 patent application figures,
Siemens saw strong growth in technologies that are highly relevant to the
Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, these technologies are data security; machine learning and artificial intelligence; transportation in smart cities; additive manufacturing; and blockchain. In its 2021 patent applications
report, the European Patent Office named Siemens among the world's top-ten
applicants in computing, which is the field with the highest growth.
Dr. Roland Busch, President and CEO of
Siemens AG, said: "Siemens continues to lead German companies in the
European patent rankings. Our inventors filed around 6% more patent
applications in 2021. In research and development, we're focusing our efforts
on sustainability and digitalization. And we are doing so with success: We're
particularly strong when it comes to new patents in these fields. Digital technologies are,
after all, extremely relevant for platforms in the B2B sector, and these platforms are an
essential part of our customers' and partners' transformations."
U.S. business magazine Fast Company
recognizes Siemens as one of the world's most innovative companies
recognition that Siemens has been earning for its innovation capabilities is
also reflected in an award bestowed by the American business magazine Fast
Company, which named Siemens one of the world’s most innovative companies. This
monthly publication, which focuses on technology, business and design, honored
Siemens for the work it performed in 2021 to convert BioNTech’s production
facility in Marburg, Germany, to manufacture lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines in
less than half the expected time.
BioNTech prepared to retool its Marburg production facility for mass production
of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, the company turned to Siemens. Siemens was able
to complete the plant in five months while fully digitizing the process. From
production documentation to the weighing of vials – steps that were previously done manually – Siemens upgraded the plant to be able to
produce up to 625 million doses. Siemens also became BioNTech’s partner when
the company wanted to build new production facilities, including one in
Singapore, in the summer of 2021.
Siemens honors inventor of the year 2021
1995, Siemens has presented its Inventors of the Year award annually to
outstanding employees in research and development whose inventions contribute
significantly to the company’s success. Since 2016, these awards have also been
presented to researchers outside the company.
past year, particularly resourceful researchers were again honored as
"Inventor of the Year 2021" in January 2022. The spectrum of
inventions ranges from hydrogen-powered trains and a clever solution to
stabilize electricity grids with a high proportion of renewable energies to a
cancer therapy that is available to many more patients. You can find all the
winning inventions and the people behind them at: https://www.siemens.com/inventors
filed around 2,500 patents worldwide in fiscal 2021. In total, the company
holds more than 43,400 granted patents. Employees reported 4,483 inventions
during the period - that's approximately 20 inventions per working day.