Although Canon is very prolific in their patent applications, they seem to take a long time in turning promising patents into new products and offering them for sale. Case in point is the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Super Telephoto lens and the EOS-7D camera. The former has been in the development phase for over two years and the latter is over three years old so the Mk II is long overdue.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 14, 2013 – Canon reaches a new record with more than 3,000 patents issued. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced that for the 27th consecutive year its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked among the top five United States patent holders. Topping the 2011 figure of 2,813 patents, Canon reached a new high for 2012, obtaining 3,174 patents. In addition, Canon Inc. ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall in the United States for patents granted according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
Maintaining a dedication to research and development has enabled Canon to remain a leader in patents held, year after year. These patents have allowed the Company to expand into new product categories while continually improving on core technologies.
“The patents registered today will help lead to the innovations of tomorrow,” said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. “Making research and development a top priority has enabled us to continually provide customers around the globe with advanced products spanning various technology segments.”
Canon puts great emphasis on providing advanced technology that is ever-changing. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.