Cooper Industries Ranked Number One Innovator in Industrial Components & Fixtures by Recent Patent Board Findings

Cooper Industries plc , a global provider of electrical solutions, has once again been named the top innovator in The Patent Boards' Industrial Components & Fixtures Scorecard™. Topping the list of more than 180 companies for the third consecutive time in 2011, the latest results were compiled with data through December 9, 2011 and published in The Wall Street Journal. Cooper Industries received the top score in Technology Strength™, which is a measure that indicates an overall strength of the company's patent portfolio holdings with a combined measure for quality and quantity.

The Patent Board provides an annual assessment of a company's intellectual property quality and quantity, this year ranking 181 companies in the Industrial Components & Fixtures category. Cooper Industries' number one ranking marks the third time the company has taken the lead this year and is the fourth consecutive year Cooper Industries has been placed in the top ten.

"We are extremely pleased to once again be recognized as the number one innovator in the latest Patent Board Industrial Components & Fixtures findings," said Cooper Industries Chairman and CEO Kirk Hachigian. "This recognition further validates Cooper's commitment to developing both innovative and quality products. We aim to keep our number one ranking by continuing to develop new and unique solutions to address industry needs."

As the world's leading business-based patent advisor, The Patent Board is the leading independent provider of best practices research, tools and metrics for patent analysis and intellectual property investment. The Patent Board tracks and analyzes innovation, movement and the business value of patents assets across 17 industries on a global basis and has developed more than 50 indicators that track global patent activity in relation to a company's innovation, technology and science strengths. The Industrial Components & Fixtures industry includes companies that manufacture and produce electrical and plumbing supplies and fixtures, automation and controls systems, welding and cutting equipment and light fixtures.


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