CIMS Industrial Fellow Surpasses 200th-Patent Milestone
By Michelle Grainger
When we first wrote about Santokh Badesha in this blog in February of 2014, he had just been issued his 187th patent. Recently, Santokh—a Fellow and manager of open innovation at Xerox Corp. and a CIMS Industrial Fellow since 2013—hit the 200th-patent mark. Actually, he has 204 U.S.-issued patents as of this writing, all of which have been filed in other jurisdictions including Japan, the EU, Canada and the Far East; most have been issued.
We’re not the only ones taking note of Santokh’s IP accomplishments. The blog published by FuzeHub—a New York state-based non-profit collaborative that connects manufacturers to resources, on whose board he sits—recently ran an article congratulating Santokh on his 200th patent. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) also recognized this accomplishment in the July 10, 2015 issue of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) E-Blast. This particular patent, which Santokh shares with co-inventors Eluid Robles, David Gervasi, Mike Roetker and Phil Wantuck, relates to a transfer-assist blade designed for Xerox’s high-speed color printing press, iGen. (It’s already in use.) The blade is part of a subsystem that aids the transfer of developed images onto paper. One aspect of the technology that’s unique is that the highly controlled, semi-conductive material that’s used is much more uniform than previously available materials. Not only that, but it costs less, making documents less expensive to produce.
As Santokh puts it, “The patent marks a new era of transfer-assist blade technology. The ability to become significantly better, and doing so at a lower cost, is the essence of being both efficient and competitive—no compromising.”
Santokh asserts that it’s not the patents that an inventor holds, but their ability to be commercialized, that’s key to innovation. This holds true for company portfolios as well. Although there are other Xerox employees who hold more individual patents than Santokh does, his inventions have potentially had a greater impact on the company in terms of commercial application. This is because they’re in direct response to business needs, notes Santokh; each category of patents he works on includes key and surrounding patents. He also works on teams that include internal and external value-chain partners.
When Santokh was promoted to Xerox Fellow in 2005, Charlie Duke, vice president of Xerox’s Webster Research Center, said, “Santokh has potentially been one of the top ten all-time highest contributions from a single technical contributor over the course of his Xerox career.”
“It’s not just the number of patents that makes Santokh such a great inventor for Xerox, it’s the value those inventions have brought to our company and our customers,” echoes Mark Enzien, senior vice president, Global Development Group. “The majority of his inventions are at work inside our products and services differentiating us from our competition, and to me that’s the ultimate value of an idea.”
Santokh credits his academic background—he has two Ph.Ds. in organic chemistry and has taught at the college level —as being instrumental to his success as an inventor. The Xerox culture also encourages and supports innovation, he notes. “Management from top down encourages, supports, and also sets high expectations for its researchers for IP generation. In addition, I am often called upon by the product program management teams to get involved to help solve technology problems that help to get your ideas implemented faster for commercialization.”
Santokh is obviously an asset to Xerox, and has been a long standing contributor to CIMS, both as a member representative and an Fellow. Given that he has more than 50 patent applications still in que, we’ll no doubt be reporting back when he reaches his next patent milestone.