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Canon Ranks Among Top Five U.S. Patent Holders For 28th Consecutive Year

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., for the 28 th consecutive year, has ranked among the top five U.S. patent holders. This year, Canon’s commitment and investment in research and development resulted in a total of 3,825 patents, an increase of 20 percent over 2012. According to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, Canon ranked third overall, and for the ninth consecutive year, Canon ranked first among Japanese companies for the number of U.S. patents granted in 2013.

These new patents will allow the Company to expand into new product categories while improving on core technologies. The dedication Canon has made to research and development has enabled the Company to remain a leader in patents held year after year.

“The patents issued for 2013 are a symbol of our commitment to innovation and growth,” said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Research and development is a top priority at Canon because it enables us to tap into new markets and bring advanced products to our customers.”

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.

For more information on Canon and its products, please visit:  www.usa.canon.com.

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. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2013, 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 tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. 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. 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.

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

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