Canon Ranks Among Top Five U.S. Patent Holders for over a Quarter of a Century

  Canon Ranks Among Top Five U.S. Patent Holders for over a Quarter of a

        Canon Reaches a New Record With More Than 3,000 Patents Issued

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LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. -- February 14, 2013

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced that
for the 27^th consecutive year its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked
among the top five United States patent holders. Topping the 2011 figure of
2,813 patents, Canon reached a new high for 2012, obtaining 3,174 patents. In
addition, Canon Inc. ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall
in the United States for patents granted according to the latest ranking of
preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.

Maintaining a dedication to research and development has enabled Canon to
remain a leader in patents held, year after year. These patents have allowed
the Company to expand into new product categories while continually improving
on core technologies.

“The patents registered today will help lead to the innovations of tomorrow,”
said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer
and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. “Making research and development a top
priority has enabled us to continually provide customers around the globe with
advanced products spanning various technology segments.”

Canon puts great emphasis on providing advanced technology that is
ever-changing. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and
intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological
capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

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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 $40 billion in
global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall
in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s
Most Admired Companies in 2012. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital
camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year and for
camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest
level 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
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark

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respective owners.


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