Nathan Van Ness, Xerox Corp.

An article today on reports that Xerox “…received 1,215 U.S. patents in 2012, ranking the company as one of the world’s top innovators and fueling its drive to find new ways to simplify the way work gets done.”

The 1,215 figure represents a 17 percent increase over the total number of patents received by Xerox and our wholly owned subsidiaries in 2011. That includes patents filed by the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a Xerox company whose history of innovation includes laser printing, the Ethernet networking standard, the Graphical User Interface, and many more of today’s ubiquitous business technologies.

I’m proud to share the news that my employer continues to focus on innovation, which often becomes a lesser priority once a company reaches the size of many Fortune 500 businesses.

I’d love to hear feedback from the small business community regarding the ways in which you focus on innovation; especially when our economic headwinds might make it difficult to justify continued research and development funding.