Corporate Technology with its 2,400 employees worldwide plays a key role in research and development at Siemens and serves as a network of competences and a partner for innovations. As part of Corporate Technology, ”Corporate Intellectual Property and Functions” is primarily concerned with protecting the company´s research and development successes from infringement by competitors. This is especially important in view of the fact that Siemens submits more than 7,400 patent applications for its innovations worldwide each year. Corporate Technology’s larger part are the Technology Divisions
These Divisions work to safeguard the company´s technological lead and boost its competitiveness. In doing so, they focus on more than 40 core technologies with great strategic significance for the company.