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Canon Inc. ranked third for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2017, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 32 years 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 globalisation 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 2005–2017

Year

Overall

ranking

Ranking among

Japanese companies

No. of patents

2017

3rd

1st

3,285

2016

3rd

1st

3,665

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

2,366

2005

2nd

1st

1,829

Note: Number of patents for 2016 and 2017 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. 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.

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