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  • January 7, 2020 Canon Inc. Canon places top five in U.S. patent rankings for 34 years running and first among Japanese companies for 15 years running

    TOKYO, January 7, 2020—Canon Inc. ranked third for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2019, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 34 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 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 2005–2019

    Year Overall
    Ranking among
    Japanese companies
    No. of patents
    2019 3rd 1st 3,555
    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 2019 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2018 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Canon promotes the acquisition and application 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. 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.