Intellectual Property Awards Reveal the Future at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada

DECEMBER 16, 2017

MISSISSAUGA, ON., — Each year the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) honours its inventors – the scientists and engineers whose work contributes to Xerox intellectual property. During 2015, 154 US Patents and nine Trade Secrets were registered by the team at XRCC. Several Milestone Patents were awarded, including to Research Fellows Dr. Nan-Xing Hu and Dr. Guerino Sacripante, both achieving their 225 Milestone Patents. 

Centre Director Dr. Paul Smith observed that the past year’s patents reflect the changing nature and business of XRCC and demonstrate the evolution of the research centre’s work. While IP was registered in traditional areas, including xerography and critical consumables, key areas for XRCC and Xerox, patents were also registered in areas that set out the future for Xerox and for the world. 

Patents in process intensification and the future of manufacturing illustrate how the research centre continues to stay relevant. Patents in printed electronics and 3D printing, both key portfolios for XRCC, map the future of smart objects. Developments in stretchable ink, with applications for printing on wearable objects, demonstrate how XRCC’s expertise in materials science will help to underpin advances for the Internet of Everything.

Xerox CTO honoured 

During the festivities, special tribute was paid to Sophie Vandebroek, recently retired Xerox Chief Technology Officer and President of the Xerox Innovation Group. Guest speakers, all who remarked on the trailblazer’s commitment to and passion for innovation, leadership, diversity, included Dan Wayner, Vice President, Emerging Technologies, National Research Council of Canada (retired), Corina Cluteman, Manager, Human Resources and Operations, XRCC, Tom Kavassalis, Vice President, Strategy and Alliances, Xerox Innovation Group, and Eme Onohoua, Vice President, Global Government Affairs (Canada). Sophie received gifts from Fuji-Xerox and from the Xerox Innovation Group’s Women’s Council.

Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award goes to first time patent holder 

A highlight of the annual IP Awards is the presentation of the Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award. This year’s honouree, David Lawton, P. Eng, is the first innovator in XRCC history to receive both his first patent and the Anne Mulcahy Award in a single year. Lawton was recognized for his contribution to the Continuous EA Technology intellectual property portfolio, which has the potential to revolutionize how toners are made at Xerox. The Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award recognizes significant contributions to the creation of Xerox Intellectual property and aims to encourage intellectual property development amongst the technical community. 

The Xerox Research Centre is Canada’s leading materials research centre, home to a world-class team of scientists and engineers with broad expertise in materials chemistry, formulation design, prototyping, testing and chemical process engineering. The centre delivers real-world solutions for Xerox and external customers the areas of electronic materials, sustainable materials and chemical processes, coatings, and security/authentication, as well as novel technologies for the printing, electronics, and manufacturing industries. 

By Michael Demone