36 years in a row! Canon continues its streak of record-setting patents

Canon EOS R5
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon officially ranks third in the list of companies who have been granted the highest number of US patents in 2021. Over the past year Canon acquired 3,022 US patents, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI Claims Patent Services.

As a result, Canon has become the the only company in the world that has earned a top-five ranking of this stature for thirty-six consecutive years. Additionally, Canon has placed first in US patents granted among Japanese companies for the 17th consecutive year. 

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.