Canon Places Fifth in U.S. Patent Rankings and First Among Japanese Companies, Places in Top Five for 38 Years Running - Canon Vietnam

    Canon Places Fifth in U.S. Patent Rankings and First Among Japanese Companies, Places in Top Five for 38 Years Running

    HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 January 2024 — Canon Inc. ranked fifth for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2023, becoming the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for 38 years running, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. What’s more, Canon ranked first among Japanese companies for 19 consecutive years.
    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 2014–2023 (Previous 10 Years)

    Year Overall Ranking Ranking Among Japanese Companies No. of Patents
    2023 5 1 2,890
    2022 5 1 2,694
    2021 3 1 3,021
    2020 3 1 3,225
    2019 3 1 3,548
    2018 3 1 3,051
    2017 3 1 3,284
    2016 3 1 3,662
    2015 3 1 4,127
    2014 3 1 4,048

    Note: Number of patents for 2021 to 2023 are based on figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services (as of January 10, 2024). Figures for 2014 to 2020 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Canon aims to create new technologies in its four business groups of Printing, Imaging, Medical and Industrial Equipment. In addition to strengthening the competitiveness of each of its businesses, in recent years, the company has been focusing on the development of fundamental technologies such as cutting-edge SPAD sensors, photon counting CT, image processing technology that utilises deep learning, next-generation technology for commercial printing, and nanoimprint lithography, that can be the source of business creation, being applied and utilised for various purposes, as well as the acquisition of patent rights for such technologies. In keeping with the times, in order to encourage the core competency technologies that support its business, Canon promotes the acquisition and utilisation of intellectual property rights which it uses to maintain a robust patent portfolio that ensures the competitiveness and freedom of its businesses.

    Going forward, Canon will continue its intellectual property initiatives with the goal of supporting its businesses, providing products and services with added value, and contributing to a better society.

    About Canon Marketing Vietnam Nam Co, Ltd.

    Canon products have been available in Vietnam since the 1980s through its authorized distributors. During the past years, it established a more significant presence when it set up four production facilities in Thang Long, Hanoi, Que Vo and Tien Son, Bac Ninh and Canon Marketing Vietnam Co. Ltd. Besides providing employment for more than 25,000 people, Canon also makes outstanding contributions to the country's development through its meaningful social activities. Canon Marketing Vietnam Co. Ltd was founded in July 2012 and have been operating under the guidance and support of Canon Asia Marketing Group and Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd., which is the regional marketing headquarter for Canon's South & Southeast Asia region.From 1st January 2024, Canon Marketing Vietnam Company Limited is assigned as the sole authorized distributor for Canon Imaging Products (i.e.: cameras, lenses, Selphy photo printers) in Vietnam, replacing Le Bao Minh Joint Stock Company.Le Bao Minh Joint Stock Company continues to be the authorized distributor of Canon office and printing products in Vietnam.