Canon places top five in U.S. patent rankings for 35 years running and first among Japanese companies for 16 years running

    Canon Inc. ranked third for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2020, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 35years running, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. What's more, Canon once again ranked first among Japanese companies.

    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 2005–2020
    Year Overall ranking Ranking among Japanese companies No. of patents
    2020 3rd 1st 3,226
    2019 3rd 1st 3,548
    2018 3rd 1st 3,051
    2017 3rd 1st 3,284
    2016 3rd 1st 3,662
    2015 3rd 1st 4,127
    2014 3rd 1st 4,048
    2013 3rd 1st 3,820
    2012 3rd 1st 3,173
    2011 3rd 1st 2,818
    2010 4th 1st 2,551
    2009 4th 1st 2,200
    2008 3rd 1st 2,107
    2007 3rd 1st 1,983
    2006 3rd 1st 2,368
    2005 2nd 1st 1,829

    Note: Number of patents for 2020 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2019 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Canon promotes the acquisition and utilization of intellectual property rights, not only for fundamental technologies required for next-generation products, but also such technologies as the wireless communication and image compression technologies shared by next-generation social infrastructure. In addition to patent acquisition, from starting in May 2020, Canon joined the COVID-19 Countermeasure Declaration as a founding member in order to help bring a swift end to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to this declaration, Canon has pledged not to enforce its intellectual property rights against development, manufacturing and other activities whose purpose is stopping the spread of COVID-19.

    Canon contributes to the realization of technology that serves society by continuing to provide even better products, greater convenience and by contributing to the development of manufacturing.

    About Canon Hongkong Company Limited

    Canon Inc. (TSE:7751 / NYSE:CAJ) was founded in 1937 in Japan. Its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, produced Japan's first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera “Kwanon” in 1934. Canon Inc. eventually expanded into the photocopying and printing industries, launching Japan's first plain-paper copier NP-1100 in 1970 and the world's first inkjet printer BJ-80 in 1985. Through the years, Canon Inc. has acquired in-depth experience in digital imaging product manufacturing, and research and development. It is a leader in the development of innovative products and holds the most technology patents in the imaging industry. Canon Inc. also makes a significant contribution to the promotion of photography. Today, Canon Inc. has a strong global presence and is one of the most important market players in the imaging, office and industrial product categories. As of 31 December 2019, Canon's global revenue was US$32.7 billion.

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