The total number of patents issued to UGS in 2006 exceeded that of any other PLM vendors included in the leader's quadrant of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Product Lifecycle Management, 3Q06.
UGS' patents issued in 2006 included:
-- U.S. Patent Number 7,146,594 for a System, Method and Computer Program Product for Schematic Generation;
-- U.S. Patent Number 7,106,331 for determining a Bi-Directional Propagation in a Curve Network;
-- U.S. Patent Number 7,098,918 for a System and Method for Shape Preservation of Curves in an Editing Process;
-- U.S. Patent Number 7,065,478 for a Computer-Aided Progressive Die Design System and Method;
-- U.S. Patent Number 7,028,051 for a Method of Real-Time Business Collaboration; and
-- U.S. Patent Number 7,027,048 for a Computerized Deformation Analyzer.
"Our patent program is designed to raise the bar in innovation and thus help enable companies to capitalize on their product lifecycle management investment," said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president of Products, UGS. "Our mission of helping companies transform their process of innovation is supported by a commitment to advance our own innovation process through our patent program. The recognition and numerous awards we've received serve as proof points for our ongoing leadership in innovation. In 2006, UGS was included in the leader's quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant and we were recognized by CIMdata as having the leading market presence in the Collaborative Product Development Management market segment, the most critical and fastest growing segment of the PLM industry."
Customers, industry analysts and media have recognized UGS' innovation through numerous awards and third party accolades for its software and services, including:
-- General Motors selected UGS as a 2005 Supplier of the Year for its overall business performance in enabling GM to transform its process of innovation by significantly reducing up-front vehicle development time.
-- Ford Motor Company honored UGS with the Ford Q1 Certification which designates UGS as a preferred supplier of engineering software products and services, and recognizes the company for achieving excellence in four critical areas: capable systems, continuous improvement, ongoing performance and customer satisfaction.
-- Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, presented UGS with the 2006 Product Lifecycle Management Solutions Company of the Year Award.
-- UGS' Solid Edge and Parasolid solutions both received Reader's Choice awards from Desktop Engineering.
-- Teamcenter, UGS' digital lifecycle management solution, received Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine's 2006 Technology Innovation Award and was recognized as the winner of IndustryWeek magazine's Technology of the Year Award for 2005.
-- UGS' NX(TM) 4 software was voted 2005 Product of the Year by the readers of NASA Tech Briefs and was ranked as the market leader in computer-aided manufacturing according to leading PLM industry analyst firm CIMdata.
-- UGS and its products received several awards from prominent Chinese media including "AI (Automobile Industry) Outstanding Solutions Provider" and "Top 100 IT Provider" in the automobile industry for 2005 by Automobile Industry; "TOP 10 International IT Supplier of 2005" by MIE of China; "Best PLM Provider of 2005" by ERP World; "Golden Software of 2005" by Software World; "Recommended Best Design Software of 2005" by e-Manufacturing, for NX software; and "Star Product of 2005" by CWEEK for Teamcenter software.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.3 million licensed seats and 47,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit www.ugs.com.
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