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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Canon Tops Japanese Companies In U.S. Patents

TOKYO, January 13, 2015—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies (10 years in a row)  and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 12, 2015.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies

  • Year Ranking* # of patents
  • 2014 1st (3rd)            4,055
  • 2013 1st (3rd)            3,817
  • 2012 1st (3rd)            3,173
  • 2011 1st (3rd)            2,818
  • 2010 1st (4th)            2,551
  • 2009 1st (4th)            2,200
  • 2008 1st (3rd)            2,107
  • 2007 1st (3rd)             1,983
  • 2006 1st (3rd)            2,367
  • 2005 1st (2nd)           1,828

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies

Note : Number of patents for 2014 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2013 tabulated by Canon based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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