ABB, the global power and automation technology group, registered more patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2013 than any other company based in Switzerland. Of the total 6,651 patent applications from Switzerland, 455 were made by ABB, followed by Nestle, Alstom and Roche. Every year, ABB invests around $1.5 billion in research and development and is considered a technology innovation leader in its main fields of activity. Its 125-year heritage of innovation was further underlined in 2013 when Thomson Reuters and the MIT Technology Review recognized ABB as one of the world’s top innovators. ABB conducts research and development in over 30 countries and employs more than 8,500 technologists around the world. It also maintains seven corporate research centers, one of which is based in Dättwil, near Zurich. ABB’s Global Research lab specializes in nine research areas including power electronics, software, sensors, materials and switching.