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Canon ranks in the top five number of U.S. patents granted for 36 consecutive years, and first among Japanese companies for 17 consecutive years.

Canon ranked third in the number of patents registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2020 (announced by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, a U.S. patent research firm, on January 5, 2022*). This marked the 36th consecutive year that Canon has ranked in the top five, making it the only company in the world to have achieved this record. Canon also ranked first among Japanese companies for the 17th consecutive year. Canon places a high value on acquiring patents not only in Japan, but also overseas, and promotes the acquisition of patent rights based on its business strategies as well as the technology and product trends in each region. * Numbers for 2017–2020 are based on publicly available information from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

WORLD RECORD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
1 IBM*1 IBM IBM IBM IBM
2 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS
3 Canon Canon Canon Canon Canon
4 TSMC*2 MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING INTEL INTEL
5 HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES INTEL INTEL LG ELECTRONICS LG ELECTRONICS
6 INTEL TSMC LG ELECTRONICS TSMC QUALCOMM
7 APPLE LG ELECTRONICS APPLE MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING GOOGLE
8 LG ELECTRONICS APPLE FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES QUALCOMM MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING
9 MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES APPLE TSMC
10 QUALCOMM QUALCOMM HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES SAMSUNG DISPLAY
  • *1 IBM is an abbreviation of International Business Machines Corporation.
  • *2 TSMC is an abbreviation of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited.

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