Canon is the most innovative camera company – for 35 years straight

Canon patent document
(Image credit: Canon)

The US patent office granted Canon an incredible 3,226 patents in 2020, putting Canon in third place for having the most patents being granted over the year. However, even more impressively, Canon has consistently remained in the top five for most patents granted for a staggering 35 years. This essentially makes Canon one of the most innovative companies in the world

Canon is particularly prolific when it comes to developing new patents. This level of continued innovation is unparalleled by most, with Canon ranking first among Japanese companies for 15 consecutive years. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 


With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!