Canon Takes Pride in Patent Ranking
Canon Inc. announced it ranked third for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2020, and claimed to be the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 35 years running. This comes after the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. In addition, Canon ranked first once again among Japanese companies.
Canon claims that it 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 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. Canon has also pledged not to enforce its intellectual property rights against development, manufacturing and other activities whose purpose is stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Canon claims to contribute 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.
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