Canon's worldwide reputation as a technology leader is demonstrated by its continued presence in the top five of companies awarded U.S. patents each year. Canon ranked first among Japan-based companies and third in the world for companies receiving patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012.
Top Ten U.S. Private Sector Patent Recipients for 2012*
|2||Samsung Electronics (Korea)||5,081|
|8||Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd (Taiwan)||2,013|
|9||General Electric Co (U.S.)||1,652|
|10||LG Electronics (Korea)||1,624|
*Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office