Xerox Research Center Europe (XRCE) is one of the leading research centres operated by Xerox, along with PARC and XRCC.

XRCE’s main research fields are artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, data analytics, natural language processing and ethnography.

XRCE was established in 1993 in Grenoble, France and has 80 employees, 70 of whom are internationally renowned scientists.

XRCE has generated and manages a large-scale worldwide IP portfolio which will remain in Xerox’s ownership and will be licensed to Naver.

The sale of XRCE occurred after the spin-off of Xerox’s services business that took place in December 2016, forming two listed entities in the USA – Xerox and Conduent.

The acquisition of XRCE by NAVER supports their focus on AI research and their strategy to expand in Europe by investing in European Technology startups, namely with the launch of their incubation programme in Paris.

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About Xerox

Xerox Corporation is an $11 billion technology leader that innovates the way the world communicates, connects and works. Their expertise addresses customers of all sizes look to improve productivity, maximise profitability and increase satisfaction. It does this for small and mid-size businesses, large enterprises, governments, graphic communications providers, and for the partners who serve them. The company embraces the increasingly complex world of paper and digital. Office and mobile. Personal and social. Every day across the globe – in more than 160 countries – our its technology, software and people successfully navigate those intersections. They automate, personalise, package, analyse and secure information to keep our customers moving at an accelerated pace.

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About Naver

Founded in 1999, Naver is the no. 1 South Korean web firm, boosted primarily by its search website, which is the most popular in South Korea. The firm has developed online advertising and content by adopting a very persistent and constant R&D policy, which has enabled Naver to bring very popular product innovations to market such as Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising in 2005 based on numbers of clicks by Internet users. Naver is one of the largest listed companies in the country with nearly 2 500 employees and market capitalization of $25 billion.

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Investment Banking

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Investment Banking I Software and Tech-Enabled Services

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