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Camera makers amongst world's top patent applicants

By dpreview staff on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:33 GMT

Samsung, Canon and Panasonic have ranked second, fourth and fifth in the list of top fifty recipients of US patents in 2009. Panasonic, which makes greater use of the international patents system, topped the list of International Applications with Samsung and Canon coming in seventeenth and twenty seventh respectively. Fujifilm and Ricoh which both have interests beyond cameras also feature in the top 20 of the US list, while the smaller Nikon comes fifty-second in terms of international applications. Canon's lofty position in the US list, despite operating in fewer product areas than the two consumer electronics giants, prompted it to issue a press release highlighting its performance.

Press Release:

CANON MARKS A DECADE OF INNOVATION WITH 2,204
NEW PATENTS IN 2009

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 10, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce that for the 10th consecutive year, Canon Inc. has ranked as one of the top five corporate recipients of U.S. patents. Covering a broad spectrum of digital imaging innovations, consumer product enhancements, and leading-edge technology, Canon's commitment and investment in research and development resulted in 2,204 patents in 2009, bringing the Company's total to nearly 20,000 patents in the last decade.

These patents have contributed to the successful introduction of many innovative products and technologies currently in the marketplace today. The EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, introduced ground-breaking full High Definition video capability to the DSLR market, the Canon imagePRESS C7000VP and imagePRESS C1+ digital printing presses delivered extraordinary quality and productivity to the production and graphic arts markets, and the CXDI-50RF Dynamic and Static Digital Radiography (DR) Sensor, was the world's first portable dynamic and static sensor, capable of viewing both dynamic images and capturing static X-ray images.

"Since our inception, Canon has put enormous emphasis on building a legacy of innovation and growth, which is sustained by our commitment to research and development" said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer & general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "This commitment allows us to continually enhance our current products, and develop advanced new technologies that allow us to venture into new areas of the marketplace to better serve consumer needs."

Further demonstrating Canon's commitment to research and innovation, the Company announced as part of its $640 million expansion of Canon Virginia, Inc., that it will establish a center for the research and development of automated and robotic manufacturing technologies for the Americas region and will expand cartridge production and recycling, as well as reclaiming of toner cartridges.

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