Philips International B.V.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 115,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.
The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. On the basis of its substantial investments in R&D Philips generates a considerable amount of intellectual property (IP). Philips Intellectual Property and Standards (IP&S) has a group-wide responsibility for managing the Philips IP portfolio which is used in support of the various businesses. The IPR portfolio is used to support the Philips product divisions in achieving their business goals.
In addition, IP&S actively seeks opportunities to license Philips’ technologies to third parties, by which technologies can be shared with many partners and be brought to the market place even quicker.
To perform all its tasks IP&S has around 275 IP professionals and 125 support staff located in 17 offices in 11 countries around the world. IP&S closely co-operates with all Philips businesses, research and development organizations and has extensive contacts with IP agents, IP offices and other governmental bodies in the various countries of the world.