Japanese technology company, Canon Inc., has been ranked fifth in the number of US patents awarded in 2023, which according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, makes Canon the only company to be ranked continuously in the top five for 38 years.
Canon also reigns supreme in the Japanese market, maintaining the first position among Japanese companies for 19 consecutive years. The company’s commitment to globalising its business is evident in its strategic approach to obtaining patents overseas. Canon places significant emphasis on a patent-filing strategy that aligns with its business strategies and considers technology and product trends specific to each region.
The US holds particular importance in Canon’s global strategy due to its concentration of high-tech companies and expansive market scale. The Japanese giant actively pursues patents in essential countries and regions, aligning with its commitment to business expansion and technology alliances.
Canon’s focus extends beyond its traditional business areas of Printing, Imaging, Medical, and Industrial Equipment. The company is dedicated to creating new technologies and has recently prioritised the development of fundamental technologies such as SPAD sensors, photon counting CT, deep learning-based image processing technology, next-generation commercial printing technology, and nanoimprint lithography.
Acknowledging the changing landscape, Canon emphasizes the acquisition and use of intellectual property rights to support core competency technologies. The company maintains a robust patent portfolio to ensure the competitiveness and freedom of its businesses.
Looking ahead, Canon remains committed to intellectual property initiatives that support its businesses, enhance product and service offerings, and contribute to societal betterment. The company aims to uphold its position as a global leader in innovation and technology.