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May 29, 2017

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office issued its report on Shale Oil and Gas patenting activity in Canada, and Trican Well Service tops the list of applicants. In addition, Dr. Kewei Zhang, Trican’s Principal Research Advisor – Stimulation, is co-named as Canada’s top inventor in this category.

Trican has made Research and Development a priority since starting out more than 20 years ago, earning it a spot on Canada’s Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders for nine of the past ten years (as published by Re$earch Infosource).

For his part, Dr. Kewei Zhang has been researching new products and methods in the area of hydraulic fracturing for decades, and has his name on more than 100 patents and patent applications. "The key to the invention process", according to Kewei "is to first recognize a challenge facing our company and our industry. Secondly, it is critical to think outside of the box. Without creativity, it is likely that the idea has already been realized."

There are approximately 4,000 published patent families related to the shale oil and gas sub-sector worldwide, of which 100 are from Canadian applicants, according to The Canadian Intellectual Property Office data. From 2000 to 2012, 171 Canadian applicants submitted their patent requests, suggesting a high degree of innovation nationwide, and Trican is proud to be at the top of the list.

Analysis is conducted by patent family, rather than individual patents. This is because a patent family usually represents one key invention, rather than applications for the same patent in various countries. Analysis by patent family more accurately reflects the number of inventions and the level of innovation embodied.

For more information, see Canadian activity worldwide: Patent Landscape Report – Shale Oil and Gas http://bit.ly/2qgvkAr