Endress+Hauser files 236 new patent applications in 2013

May 2014 News

Each year, Endress+Hauser invest more than €5 million in the protection of intellectual property. This strengthens the Group’s position against its competitors and spurs on the company’s inventors. The strategy is proving successful: in 2013 the company filed initial patent applications for 236 new developments, bringing the total number of patents and patent applications amounts to almost 5700.

“We operate in an intensely competitive industry,” states Michael Ziesemer, chief operating officer of the Endress+Hauser Group. “Our advantage is secured by innovative products, so in turn we must safeguard these innovations by protecting them with patents.”

In measurement engineering, Endress+Hauser invests heavily in research and development in all fields of activity. Of the 720 employees working in this area, 365 were involved in filing an initial patent application last year. “We strongly encourage our employees to register their ideas as soon as possible and without any reservation,” emphasises Angelika Andres, the physicist and patent lawyer who heads the 20-strong patent department of the Group.

Endress+Hauser celebrates its inventors.
Endress+Hauser celebrates its inventors.

The European Union, the United States and China are the countries in which Endress+Hauser has applied for patents and holds the majority of files. The patent portfolio is regularly reviewed, keeping an eye on markets of decreasing importance: the older patents become, the higher the fees.

How innovative a new invention really is and what advantages it can offer customers often only becomes obvious after many years. Ziesemer cites wireless technology as an example – the wireless transmission of measurement values, which is used more and more in the monitoring of industrial processes. “The peak time for patents was 10 years ago. If we hadn’t patented technologies and the corresponding software and hardware back then, we would have to pay licence fees today and would only be able to supply our sensors as components. Instead, today Endress+Hauser is a successful system supplier in the field of wireless solutions.”

Endress+Hauser’s intellectual property rights strategy fits seamlessly into the long-term goals of the company management. An integral part of this strategy is the honouring of inventors at the annual Innovators’ Meeting. All employees involved in patent applications in the past year are invited and prizes are awarded for patents that are of particular economic significance for the company.

For more information contact Hennie Blignaut, Endress+Hauser, +27 (0)11 262 8000,,


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

From the editor's desk: Is additive manufacturing poised to go mainstream?
March 2021, Technews Publishing (SA Instrumentation & Control) , News
As digital manufacturing technology pushes its way further towards the production floor, additive manufacturing (3D printing) is emerging as a viable option to complement the more traditional methods ...

A new generation of sensors for liquid analysis
May 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
Endress+Hauser introduces the next generation of Memosens digital technology for simple, safe and connected liquid analysis.

Siemens and Google Cloud to co-operate on AI-based solutions in manufacturing
June 2021, Siemens Digital Industries , News
Siemens intends to integrate Google Cloud’s data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning technologies with its factory automation solutions to help manufacturers innovate for the future.

BMG hydraulic solutions for all sectors in KZN
June 2021, Bearing Man Group t/a BMG , News
BMG’s Regional Service Centre in KwaZulu-Natal provides engineering solutions designed to optimise productivity for all customers.

Rockwell Automation and Comau partner to simplify robot integration
June 2021, Rockwell Automation , News
Rockwell Automation and Comau have announced that they are joining forces to give businesses worldwide vital tools to maximise manufacturing efficiencies through unified robot control solutions.

GirlCode and RS inspire the next generation of female coders
June 2021, RS Components SA , News
More than 50 female learners and their teachers were recently invited to attend a day of inspiration, technology and fun.

Endress+Hauser holds its ground despite the pandemic
June 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , News
Endress+Hauser weathered the 2020 pandemic year well. The Group created new jobs and expanded its global sales and production network.

Africa’s most advanced perlite facility
June 2021 , News
Percolite producer Pratley has a dedicated, state-of-the-art filter aid production facility that represents the most advanced plant on the continent.

Optimising buildings for low-occupancy
June 2021, Schneider Electric South Africa , News
For building managers, facilities managers, owners and operators, having buildings at low or zero occupancy for extended periods of time, means a significant change in operating requirements and a need to adjust building systems accordingly.

Memosens 2.0: simple, safe and connected for future-proof applications
June 2021, Endress+Hauser South Africa , Sensors & Transducers
Memosens 2.0 represents the next, future-proof step in the evolution of Endress+Hauser’s Memosens technology, while maintaining all of the familiar and well-established advantages.