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Canon Marks The 26th Consecutive Year Placing In The Top Five Among U.S. Patent Holders

Canon Achieved A New Record in 2011 with 2,813 Patents, Ranking Third Overall

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 20, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., was granted 2,813 new U.S. patents during the 2011 calendar year, surpassing the company record of 2,543 new patents in 2010. Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for 2011, Canon Inc. placed third overall marking a new milestone in the company's history as one of the top five patent holders worldwide for more than a quarter of a century.

"Maintaining a solid dedication to research and development enables us to maximize efficiency, increase precision and ensure a diversified lineup of future products that will continue to solidify our brand," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "2011 was a year we overcame numerous challenges; yet our commitment to research and development enabled us to set new records."

Patents granted in 2011 continue to drive innovation for Canon Inc. well into the future. To date, Canon Inc. has created core product technologies in fields such as image capture, electrophotography, inkjet printing, lithography, and display as well as common platform technologies including digital processing, production engineering, quality management and environmental technologies.

In addition to strengthening and expanding existing businesses, Canon Inc. is committed to the future with a focus on promoting research and development in areas such as medical imaging, intelligent manufacturing and mixed reality. Achieving new advancements throughout a variety of technologies helps to produce a wide range of synergies between products, delivering new value and solutions to customers.

For more information on Canon and its products, please visit: www.usa.canon.com

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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