Epson named top global innovator

For the sixth year in a row, Epson has been listed in the Top 100 Global Innovators for 2016, announced by Clarivate Analytics.

The Top 100 Global Innovators methodology analyses patents across four main criteria: volume, success, globalisation, and influence. Epson has been selected for the list largely in recognition of its success rate, a metric that indicates the ratio of patents granted to the number of applications filed.

Epson is a leading supplier of innovative digital production solutions for proofing, wide format, labels and fabric printing.

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Toshiya Takahata, executive officer and general administrative manager of intellectual property division at Epson says, "I am pleased and proud that Epson has once again been honoured with inclusion on the Top 100 Global Innovators list. Epson's business strategies and intellectual property strategies are closely linked under the Epson 25 Corporate Vision.

“The acquisition of high-quality patents that contribute to our business is a high priority for us. I think Clarivate Analytics was able to see and appreciate what we have been doing, and that is why we again made the Top 100 Global Innovators list. Intellectual property expands the potential of Epson's current businesses as well as our future businesses.

“The intellectual property division will continue to work closely with research and development departments to achieve Epson's aim of becoming a truly indispensable company by creating products and services that help to make the world a better place."

Epson files about 4,000 patent applications a year. It holds and maintains about 50,000 patents globally and is working with patent agencies in 20 countries or more at any given time.

Epson says it world-class IP capabilities and is an industry leader in patent quantity and quality in product categories such as inkjet printers and projectors.

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