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Atlas Copco climbs in patents ranking


Stockholm, Sweden, September 15, 2011: Atlas Copco has strengthened its position in a ranking of global industrial equipment manufacturers, measuring the quality of the companies’ patent portfolios. Atlas Copco is number 13 on the list, which was published on the Wall Street Journal’s web site this week, up from number 23 a year ago.

The ranking is compiled by The Patent Board, an independent patent analytics and research company. Measuring the number of U.S. patents granted in a given year, The Patent Board also evaluates indicators such as the scientific strength of the patents, and the age of the inventions on which the portfolio is based.
“Ever since Atlas Copco adopted a common patent policy in 2006, we have had a strong common focus on driving innovation and protecting related intellectual property rights,” says Hans Sandberg, Senior Vice President General Counsel for Atlas Copco AB and member of the Group’s Patent Council. “We are very pleased to see that this work is yielding results.”
The ranking includes 119 companies. To read more, see

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Atlas Copco is an industrial group with world-leading positions in compressors, expanders and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. With innovative products and services, Atlas Copco delivers solutions for sustainable productivity. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 170 countries. In 2010, Atlas Copco had 33 000 employees and revenues of BSEK 70 (BEUR 7.3). Learn more at