31 May 2006

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Canon in number two position in US patents top 10

Canon has reinforced its position as a leading innovator in imaging technology solutions by surging ahead to the No.2 position for patents registered in the US in 2005 - second only to IBM and up from its No.3 ranking in 2004.
Canon has reappeared in the No.2 slot in the US Patents Office preliminary top 10 listing of patent recipients, moving up one position from its third-place finish in 2004, following the registration of 1,828 patents in 2005.
The achievement marks the 14th consecutive year that Canon has ranked among the top 3 US patent recipients. Canon’s commitment to technological advancement has ensured the company’s continued presence in the US rankings for almost 20 years, appearing in the top 10 every year since 1984 and the top 5 every year since 1992. Since 1995,Canon has filed more than 17,000 patents in the US.
James Leipnik, Chief of Communication and Corporate Relations, Canon Europe, said: “Canon has a long history of patenting its technologies and regaining the No.2 position is a positive achievement for the company. As a technology innovator Canon is committed to ensuring technological advancement. By investing in R&D we can evolve our products and solutions to sustain or attain the leadership position in our core markets. In 2006 our R&D investment will be used to pursue new ways to develop and commercialise our proprietary imaging technologies to generate new business opportunities for the future.”
In 2005, Canon invested 8% of sales on research and development worldwide.
Canon is represented in Malta by Avantech Limited, 212 Cannon Road, St. Venera. Telephone 214 888 00.

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