ABB ranked number one in the list for most patent applications filed by a Swiss-based company in 2014. ABB made it to the top of the list in 2013 as well.
In 2014, ABB filed altogether 450 patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO). This is more than any other company in Switzerland, which ranks among top countries in the world for the number of patents filed per million inhabitants.
The figures reflect ABB’s strong track record and ambition in technological innovation. ABB employs more than 8,500 researchers and developers around the world and invests around $1.5 billion in R&D annually. The company’s recent triumphs include the world’s most powerful power transmission cable and YuMi, a dual-armed industrial robot that can work safely alongside humans for small-parts assembly.
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