We talk a lot about innovation within CommScope. It’s one
of our core values and it’s vital to the long-term success of our business, our
industry and society.
Make this personal by looking around you. Every day we,
and the things around us, are getting more connected. For example, consider the
automobile. Years ago, the engine would include a few sensors that could indicate
a malfunction of some kind. Today there are hundreds of data points recorded
each second; tomorrow all that data and more will be sent from the car via a
network to be analyzed and returned.
CLICK TO TWEET: Morgan Kurk explains why CommScope's top Patent Power Ranking from IEEE Spectrum matters to you.
Much of the world relies on an omnipresent data network
for daily life. Our recent Gen Z Tech
Intimates research provides some fascinating insights into how one slice of
the global population views connectivity. (Hint: It’s really, really
necessary!) Technology—and the networks that enable it—is embedded more deeply
in our daily lives, economies and entertainment than we ever could have
imagined, and it will only get more integrated from here.
We work hard at CommScope to enable that connected
lifestyle. And we focus heavily on innovation as a way to lead that charge.
A widely respected technical engineering magazine recently
ranked the CommScope third in the communications and internet equipment sector
based on the quality and size of patent portfolios. In the IEEE Spectrum’s 2017
Patent Power Scorecard, CommScope only trailed industry giants Qualcomm and
Cisco and finished ahead of other noteworthy industry names and competitors (see chart below). In
addition, CommScope ranked 47th overall among all companies in all
industry sectors worldwide in terms of patent portfolio strength, alongside
companies such as Toyota, 3M, Johnson and Johnson, AT&T and Boeing. This is
a significant, demonstrable movement from several years ago, indicating that
our focus on innovation is really paying off.
The Patent Power Scorecard ranking is based
on an analysis of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records through the end
of 2016, and used a formula that includes the number of 2016 patents a company
filed, whether patent activity is increasing, the impact of an organization’s
patent portfolio on subsequent technological developments, and the originality
and general applicability of those patents.
The new Patent
Power Scorecard suggests:
- CommScope’s patent activity is increasing, with
an ongoing commitment to innovation.
- The patents in CommScope’s portfolio have
relatively significant technological importance.
- CommScope’s patents more often protect radical
new inventions as opposed to incremental inventions, and thus have a high level
Why should you
The network technology ecosystem continues to reinvent
itself. As important as the innovations from the past have been, it is expected
that tomorrow’s ideas will be even more transformational. Network operators
face a scaling issue with exponential data growth. They continue to face cost
and speed challenges with designing, installing, optimizing and operating
communications networks. And they still need to find ways of minimizing their
energy consumption while supporting the latest consumer applications.
Over the years, innovations have made network
installations faster and more efficient, lowered costs and provided more usable
bandwidth. Without them, the industry would not have evolved into the dynamo
for economic growth as it has.
In addition, intellectual property scoring is an
expression of the greatest asset a company can possess—thinking human capital.
Over the last few years, CommScope has greatly improved the development of its intellectual
property with its focus on innovation. As we have challenged everyone to think
differently, to solve the fundamental customer problems that really matter, the
idea wellspring has been opened.
Once enabled, the drive to innovate grows as there
becomes line-of-sight to tangible results. At CommScope, we see this not only
as an opportunity to create value for our customers and shareholders, but a
huge opportunity for employees to express themselves and to have a place to
come that is more dynamic, more open and more rewarding than ever before.
And that is good not just for CommScope, but for the
industry as a whole—and especially for our customers.