Canon Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Canon has a total of 189070 patents globally, out of which 62318 have been granted. Of these 189070 patents, more than 80% patents are active. Japan is where Canon has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by United States of America and China, it has generated an annual revenue of $30.39 billion in the year 2020. Parallelly, Japan and Unites States of America seems to be the main focused R&D center and Japan is the origin country of Canon.

Canon was founded in the year 1937 by Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida, and Takeo Maeda. Headquartered in Tokyo, the Japanese multinational firm specialises in optical, image, and industrial products such as lenses, cameras, medical equipment, scanners, printers, and semiconductor production equipment. As of January 2022, Canon has a market cap of $25.76 Billion.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of Canon which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find Canon’s patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Canon’s patent portfolio.

How many patents do the founders and the CEO of Canon have?

The founder Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida, and Takeo Maeda have 0,1 and 0 patents respectively. The CEO, Fujio Mitarai has 0 patents.

How many patents does Canon have?

Canon has a total of 189070 patents globally. These patents belong to 103517 unique patent families. Out of 189070 patents, 151695 patents are active.

How many Canon patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Canon Worldwide Legal Trends

Patent Families

Canon Patent Portfolio

How Many Patents did Canon File Every Year?

Canon Patent Filing Trend

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantCanon Applications FiledCanon Patents Granted
2011154866136
2012168572654
2013178153032
2014173647970
2015169746602
2016158538971
2017153345985
2018159955165
2019148415970
202092135032
202131714735
202266

How Many Patents did Canon File in Different Countries?

Canon Worldwide Filing in Top 10 Countries

Countries in which Canon Filed Patents

CountryPatents
Japan99449
United States Of America46740
China14652
Europe7280
Korea (South)5958
United Kingdom1426
Germany1293
Russia1137
Taiwan1047
India910
Australia713
Brazil580
Viet Nam313
Singapore302
Austria255
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)210
Malaysia201
Spain170
Philippines150
Canada137
France127
Indonesia106
Thailand105
Mexico99
Turkey74
Poland68
Hungary47
Chile40
Portugal37
Netherlands32
Morocco29
Denmark27
Colombia20
Eurasian Patent Organization18
South Africa14
Slovenia13
Argentina9
Cyprus7
Serbia7
Ukraine3
Croatia3
New Zealand2
Israel2
Belgium1
Egypt1
Kazakhstan1
Montenegro1
Norway1
Sweden1
Lithuania1

Where are Research Centres of Canon Patents Located?

Canon R&D Centers

10 Best Canon Patents

US9561013B2 is the most popular patent in the Canon portfolio. It has received 291 citations so far from companies like Hitachi Medical Corp, General Electric Company, and FujiFilm Corp.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of CANON:

Publication NumberCount of Citing Patents
US9561013B2291
US7884918B2253
US20120146577A1230
US8184311B2227
US20140210281A1213
JP2011107823A213
EP2339639A2203
US20130093842A1202
US7957020B2198
US20120236162A1195

Which Companies are using Canon Patents to Advance their Research?

If patents or patents from a particular technology area of a company receive a lot of citations, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by the citing companies. It also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

The top citing companies in the Canon patent portfolio are Fuji, Samsung and Ricoh.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Fuji1135
Samsung1087
Ricoh969
Sony698
Toshiba685
Konica Minolta681
Epson628
Kyocera502
Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha442
HP389

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Canon Patents

Canon patent portfolio

Top Canon Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US8080335B232
US20130114100A127
US8004702B218
US8004189B217
US20130105924A115
US20110155893A115
US8856684B213
US7882149B213
US7913189B213
US8034248B213
US20130321680A113
US20140076878A113
US20110169746A113
US8736748B212
US7997717B212

What Percentage of Canon US Patent Applications were Granted?

Canon (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 76578 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 60468 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 82.72%.

Below are the key stats of Canon patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Canon?

Law FirmsTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Venable Llp3750989.84%
Canon U S A Inc Intellectual Property Division1592283.84%
Rossi Kimms & Mcdowell Llp416983.10%
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto36092.68%
Patent Docket Clerk339790.38%
Canon C O Carter Deluca & Farrell Llp171384.03%
Oblon Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt L L P94787.13%
Locke Lord Llp62881.66%
James J Daley49526.42%
Fitzpatrick Cella Harper And Scinto4410.71%

During COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, Canon worked to provide proactive support from the aspect of intellectual property to overcome this crisis. 

The “Intellectual Property Open Access Declaration Against COVID-19,” with 20 firms and universities as founding members, was announced on May 1, 2020. This declaration states that a corporation will not use its intellectual property rights to block any development, manufacture, or other operations aimed only at stopping COVID-19 infections from spreading. This allows for rapid production and other efforts aimed at halting the spread of COVID-19 without fear of infringing on intellectual property rights.

Some of Canon’s technology innovation is listed as below:

Video capture of celestial bodies: Still photography was the norm for celestial observation for a long time. Canon’s ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor technology allowed researchers to capture movies of the vast sky and analyse changes in real time, paving the way for further ground-breaking discoveries about our ever-changing universe.

World’s first 1-megapixel sensor: Canon created the world’s first 1-megapixel SPAD Sensor, a gadget that converts light into electrical data. Canon stated in June 2020 that it has successfully built the world’s first 1-megapixel single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) image sensor, attracting worldwide interest. On 15 December 2021—it  created a SPAD sensor with the world’s largest pixel count of 3.2 megapixels, a low-light imaging camera that achieves outstanding colour reproduction even in low-light conditions.

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What are Canon’s key innovation segments?

What Technologies are Covered by Canon?

The chart below distributes patents filed by Canon in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where Canon thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

R&D Focus: How Canon search focus changed over the years?

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Interested in knowing about the areas of innovation that are being protected by Canon?

Updated on January 28, 2022

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