Xerox patents pave the way for innovative services, as the company celebrates patent milestones that reflect Xerox innovation leadership—from healthcare sensing to new flexible conductive materials.
August 4, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff
NORWALK, Conn.—Xerox, as one of the world’s top innovative companies, patent milestones honor inventors and serve as a reminder of how important new ideas are to an organization’s future.
Xerox researchers worldwide are some of the most prolific inventors in the world – generating more than 1,000 U.S. patents each year.
Recent patent milestones show how the company is unleashing its innovative strengths in new industries and fueling new services. Invention highlights include remotely sensing human nervousness and enabling flexible electronics with new materials.
The Xerox Research Centre Canada (XRCC), founded in 1974 in Mississauga (see photo above), was issued its 2000th patent for an invention dubbed “Graphene Nano-Sheets and Methods for Making the Same” (U.S. Patent 8,734,683). Two hundred times stronger than steel, graphene is a thin, flexible conductor that could form the basis of a whole range of next generation devices such as ultrafast transistors that will dramatically increase the processing speed of a personal computer, smartphone or tablet.
Hailed as the “miracle material” in the world of electronics and photonics, Xerox scientists are exploring materials such as graphene for use in digital manufacturing to make smart 3D structures that support the Internet of Everything.
XRCC researchers Yiliang Wu and Sandra Gardner were the inventors named on the patent. Wu, a principal scientist, leads the center’s printable electronics activities. He was one of the first recipients of the Xerox Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award, an honor given to Xerox inventors whose patents open up new growth opportunities for the company. Gardner, a research technologist, specializes in materials characterization, an area that uses various techniques to probe into the internal structure and properties of a material.
Xerox is exploring methods and software that use data collected by cameras to remotely detect vital signs and other physiological reactions. This patent (US. Patent 8,712,126) covers real-world services that could be built around human “remote sensing” such as a web service that can detect the level of nervousness a person experiences when speaking, and help the speaker improve his or her performance. Established in 2009, located in Bangalore, India, the Xerox Research Centre India is the newest research center at Xerox. This joint patent is the first issued to an XRCI researcher and points to Xerox’s focus on emerging markets, and its ability to conduct research globally.
The patent is a joint effort between Nischal Piratla from XRCI; and Lalit K. Mestha and Meera Sampath in Webster, N.Y.
Six inventors reached significant patent milestones since January 2014:
Since the invention of Xerography more than 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, it is a global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., the company has more than 140,000 employees and does business in more than 180 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations.
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