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.
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. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009†, with global revenues of US $35 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." 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. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy ofKyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. 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
(First posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 14:00 EST)