Technology giant Cisco today said its research and development team in India accounted for nine percent of the total 1,100 patents issued to the US-based company this year. Globally, Cisco was issued 1,100 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), of which 100 were from India in 2015. Also Read - Coronavirus effect: Cisco, Facebook also pull out of MWC 2020Also Read - Cisco partners with Google to offer users free high speed WiFi in India
“Innovation is a core part of the Cisco culture. Our 2014-15 total R&D spend was approximately $6.3 billion,” Cisco President Engineering and India Site Leader Amit Phadnis told PTI. “During its 20 years in India, Cisco India has contributed to filing 1,000 global patents, and 600 such patents have been issued for innovations across all major technologies.” Also Read - Smartphone users in India to double to 829 million by 2022: Report
Till date, Cisco has been issued about 20,100 patents. The India R&D team, the second largest globally for Cisco after the US with 11,000 engineers, has filed about 1,000 patents till date.
Phadnis said many of Cisco’s solutions are based on ‘reverse innovation’ where engineers in India contribute to developing products to address requirements of emerging countries like India, which in many cases turn out to be globally attractive and competitive. Such efforts are tightly aligned with Cisco’s global strategy, research and development, he added.
“Every country, city and business is becoming digital and innovation will be key to capturing the opportunity. Our local investments, global expertise, innovation and partnerships have placed Cisco India at the heart of the innovation ecosystem,” he said. Cisco is committed to working with startups, developers, accelerators, researchers, ecosystem partners and the venture community to accelerate India’s digital transformation, Phadnis added. In a separate announcement, Cisco said it has formed a global alliance with Philips to address the one billion euros office lighting market.
“The alliance will help enable facilities managers, building owners and office workers to reap the benefits of the Internet of Things in offices,” a statement said. This will also enable office workers to personalize their lighting via their smartphones, it added.
“Light points in the Philips system, equipped with sensors and software applications can be connected using Cisco technologies. This lighting network creates a pathway for information and helps enable new services,” it said. Philips and Cisco would also collaborate on a joint go-to-market strategy.