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COOPER INDUSTRIES RANKED #1 INNOVATOR IN INDUSTRIAL COMPONENTS & FIXTURES INDUSTRY SCORECARD BY PATENT BOARD

Cooper Industries was ranked as the number one innovator in the Patent Board’s Industrial Components & Fixtures Patent Scorecard™. The latest results were compiled with data through April 15, 2011 and published in The Wall Street Journal. Cooper received the top score in Technology Strength™, which is a measure that indicates an overall strength of the company’s patent portfolio holdings with a combined measure of quality and quantity. The prestigious number one ranking recognizes the hard work of the Cooper team and our commitment to technology and innovation.

The Patent Board is the leading independent provider of best practices research, tools and metrics for patent analysis and intellectual property investment. The Patent Board tracks and analyzes innovation, movement, and the business value of patent assets across 17 industries on a global basis and has developed more than 50 indicators that track global patent activity in relation to a company’s innovation, technology and science strengths.

The Board provides an annual assessment of a company’s intellectual property quality and quantity, ranking 178 companies in the Industrial Components & Fixtures category. Cooper Industries’ number one ranking marks the third year in a row the company has been in the top ten in its category.