Canon Remains #1 Among Japanese Companies for U.S. Patents

Patent-Office-sfSpanJanuary 13, 2015 – Canon Inc. of Japan reported today that it again ranked first among Japanese companies 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. In 2014, Canon was awarded 4,055 U.S. patents, an increase from the 3,817 patents it was awarded in 2013.

Canon states that it actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, 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, Canon says 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 for Canon.

Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 – 2014

YearRanking*No. of patents
20141st (3rd)4,055
20131st (3rd)3,817
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,367
20051st (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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