People give Canon a lot of hassle for “not innovating”, but the truth is, Canon’s probably filed more patents than any other camera company out there. According to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Canon has become the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for the number of patents granted every year for an incredible 34 years.
Canon also says that they’ve ranked number 1 amongst Japanese companies for the 15th consecutive year. While not all of these patents have turned into real tangible products that you can go and buy, it certainly demonstrates that they’re at least exploring new and innovative ideas.
Canon ranked 3rd for 2019, during which they were granted 3,548 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
As technology continues to evolve, we too will continue exploring new areas and future innovation opportunities. Canon is proud to be in the top three patent holders as it reflects our dedication and commitment to delivering innovative ideas and solutions to meet market and customer demands.
– Seymour Liebman, Canon USA
We post quite a few Canon patent filings here on DIYP as we find them. Some of them are pretty awesome, some end up in real gear we can buy, and some are… well, kinda weird. But with the sheer volume of them, nobody can really say that Canon isn’t at least trying, even if their products don’t always seem to implement too many revolutionary ideas.
[via Canon Watch]