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Canon Ranks Among Top Five U.S. Patent Holders For 29th Consecutive Year

Company Reaches New Annual Record With More Than 4,000 Patents Granted in 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 20, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked third for U.S. patent holders in 2014. According to patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Canon was granted a total of 4,055 patents in 2014, a new record annual high for the Company. This is the 29th consecutive year that Canon Inc. has been ranked among the top five U.S. patent holders and for the 10th consecutive year, ranked first among Japanese companies for the number of U.S. patents granted.

"Canon's commitment to innovation and growth has helped leverage Canon as a top leader in patents year after year," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "A key pillar to Canon's business model is research and development, and these patents are used as the foundation to help us provide advanced products and solutions to our customers in new markets, while strengthening our existing technologies."

Canon puts great emphasis on providing 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 to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2014, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the 11th consecutive year. 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. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. 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 and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.


† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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