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Monday, January 23, 2017

Canon Again Ranks First and Third in Patents Awarded Among Japanese and US Companies

Elephant calf trumpeting on the Masai Mara, Kenya

I am back home after a rather successful East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It will take me a little time to get back in my daily routine and updating my readers on the latest Canon rumors, and photography news in general.

This was my first photo safari of 2017 and this will be another busy season for me. The equipment I brought with me worked well. I used the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

My next trip is coming up soon and it will be a whale photography tour. Please check back often as I post my new photos after I get back to my regular chores. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on

TOKYO, January 12, 2017 - Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

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 rankings among Japanese companies 2005 – 2016

  • Year        Rank       # of patents
  • 2016 1st (3rd)     3,665
  • 2015 1st (3rd)     4,127
  • 2014 1st (3rd)     4,048
  • 2013 1st (3rd)     3,820
  • 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)     2,366
  • 2005 1st (2nd)    1,829

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