Canon's Patent Ranking

Canon's worldwide reputation as a technology leader is demonstrated by its continued presence in the top five of companies awarded U.S. patents each year. Canon ranked first among Japan-based companies and third in the world for companies receiving patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2013.


Top Ten U.S. Private Sector Patent Recipients for 2013*

Rank Company No. Patents
1 IBM (U.S.) 6,809
2 Samsung Electronics (Korea) 4,676
3 Canon (Japan) 3,825
4 Sony (Japan) 3,098
5 Microsoft (U.S.) 2,660
6 Panasonic (Japan) 2,601
7 Toshiba (Japan) 2,416
8 Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (Taiwan) 2,279
9 QUALCOMM Inc. (U.S.) 2,103
10 LG Electronics (Korea) 1,947


*Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office