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Epson among Top 100 Global Innovators

January 29, 2018

Epson has been listed among the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators announced by Philadelphia-based Clarivate Analytics. This is the 7th consecutive year Epson has been included.

Clarivate gave the following reasons for Epson’s place in its rankings:

“Seiko Epson is again recognised this year as one of the Clarivate Analytics 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators. They are also amongst the best of the best being one of only 37 organizations to have been recognised for the seventh year in a row since the inception of the program in 2011. These innovators exhibit consistently strong performance in successfully obtaining rights to their innovation, seeking wide protection and global markets for potential products and services based on that innovation and are recognized by their peers as creating leading innovation for others 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 good performance in global filing of inventions filing more within the Quadrilateral authorities (US, Japan, China and Europe) than last year. Congratulations to Seiko Epson on achieving this prestigious recognition again this year!”

Epson holds as many as patents globally and is working with patent agencies in 20 countries or more at any given time. In the patent rankings for 2016, Epson ranked 7th in Japan for the number of patents awarded, 15th in the U.S., and 16th in China (among foreign companies).

“Epson is honoured to have been selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Global Innovators” list for the seventh consecutive year,” said Toshiya Takahata, executive officer and general administrative manager of Epson’s Intellectual Property Division. “Epson’s business strategies and intellectual property strategies are closely linked under our Epson 25 Corporate Vision. The acquisition of high-quality patents that contribute to our business is a high priority for us. We are constantly seeking to realize products and services that exceed the expectations of our customers and society, and believe we have been honoured as a global innovator out of an appreciation for our research and development efforts and intellectual property activities. Moving forward, we will continue to develop intellectual property that underpins the creation of competitive products.”

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, globalization, and influence. Begun in 2011, the Top 100 Global Innovators report is now in its seventh year.

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