Canon, the camera and office-machine giant whose Americas headquarters is in Melville, was granted more U.S. patents last year than technology giants Intel Corp., Google and Microsoft, according to data released Tuesday.
IFI Claims Patent Services, an information company, said Canon ranked No. 3, with 3,285 patents in 2017. The Japanese company had more patents in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but its ranking was unchanged.
IBM topped the 2017 list, receiving 9,043 patents, according to IFI in New Haven, Connecticut. IBM, which is headquartered in Westchester County, has led the listing for 25 consecutive years.
Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. was No. 2, with 5,837, and Intel was No. 4 with 3,023.
Google placed No. 7 with 2,457 patents granted last year. Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was No. 8 with 2,441.
Since 2006, Canon has been third on the patent list in all but two years, 2009 and 2010, when it fell to No. 4.
“Canon is immensely proud of our strong standing among fellow tech giants,” Seymour Liebman, one of the company’s senior managing executive officers and Canon U.S.A.’s chief administrative officer and general counsel, said Tuesday.
He said the ranking is evidence of “Canon’s long-standing and continued commitment to strategic research and development.”
IFI CEO Mike Baycroft said the number of U.S. patents issued in 2017 totaled 320,003, an increase of more than 5 percent, year over year. It also was more than double the number issued 10 years ago.
“2017 was an impressive year,” he said. “We’re seeing IBM nearly tripling its annual patent counts by going from 3,000-plus in 2007 to breaking the 9,000 mark this past year.”
The tech areas with the most growth in patents are e-cigarettes, 3-D printing, machine learning and autonomous vehicles, according to IFI.