The number of times Epson has applied and been granted a patent and its ability to find global markets for its technology has again earned it a spot in the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators list.

The technology firm has featured in the Clarivate Analytics list since its 2011 inception and works with patent agencies in 20 countries or more at any given time. 

Epson has also received recognition for its ability to create leading innovations for others in the industry to build on. Seiko Epson regularly files high volumes of patent applications and had good success this year in converting these to granted patent rights. They also showed improved performance in global filing of inventions filing more within the Quadrilateral authorities (US, Japan, China and Europe) than last year.

Epson was also found to have improved its performance in the global filing of its inventions in the United States, Japan, China and Europe since last year.

Toshiya Takahata, executive officer and general administrative manager of Epson’s Corporate Planning Division and Intellectual Property Division, says.“It is an honour to be selected as one of the Top 100 Global Innovators for the eighth consecutive year.

“Based on our Epson 25 corporate vision, we closely align our business and intellectual property strategies, and focus on acquiring high-quality patents that will contribute significantly to our business. We therefore believe that award criteria are important indicators of the success of our strategy, and take this award as evidence of the quality and global reach of our intellectual property

“As stated in its management philosophy, Epson seeks to become an indispensable company, an ambition that Epson considers to be consistent with the realisation of the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. We will continue to conduct our business and pursue intellectual property activities with the aim of creating a sustainable society.”

Clarivate Analytics analyses intellectual property and patent trends based on proprietary data to determine the world’s most innovative corporations and institutions. The analysis covers four main criteria: patent volume, success, globalisation and influence.

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