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Only one other organisation in USA filed more patents than Canon in 2005 - Canon came number two in the US patent and trademark office's top ten ranking for patents filed in 2005. Canon may have yet more exciting developments lined up for photographers in 2006.
One of the most prevalent rumours is that of a replacement for the EOS 20D and that it will be the next step in Canon's quest to make all their digital SLRs full frame.
Other rumours include a basic SLR model that would sit below the EOS 350D in the range, a 1Ds Mk III, and details of various improvements to the current lens line up.
Canon are most likely to announce any new developments at the PMA show near the end of February this year.
Canon Celebrates Its 14th Consecutive Year as One of the Top Three Patent-Receiving Organizations.
Underscoring its commitment to pioneering information and imaging technologies and innovations that revolutionize workstyles and lifestyles, Canon Inc. today announced that it has captured the number two position on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Top 10 Rankings for 2005.
In 2005, Canon received 1,828 patents, rising one position from its 2004 third-place ranking. Canon has been one of the top three patent-receiving organizations for the past 14 consecutive years and number two for the total number of patents received in the past 10 years. Canon spends nearly eight percent of its yearly sales on research and development, allowing the company to constantly be a leading innovator in many consumer and business markets.
"Canon has a long heritage of imaging excellence and innovation that has helped us earn the trust of customers around the world," said Joe Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With that heritage as our foundation, Canon leads the market in bringing quality and original digital imaging technology to a broad range of consumers, businesses and industries."
Canon's heritage of innovation extends back to the company's founding in the 1930s. Canon released the first 35mm camera in 1936 and the first Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) camera in 1959. In addition, Canon's AE-1 (1976), which was the first SLR with a built-in microprocessor, was the best selling 35mm SLR camera in history. Also, in the mid-1970s, Canon's innovative Bubble Jet printing technology was born in the Canon Labs.
From the original laser-based copier to the networking and digitalization of the workplace to today's shift to colour documents, Canon has set the standard for digital imaging in departmental, workgroup environments and high-end production applications. Canon entered the business machines industry in the 1960s and went on to achieve world-class status for its technological innovations. In 1968, Canon introduced a plain-paper copying machine. Canon also further improved electrophotography technologies to create the full-colour copying machine familythe CLC Seriesand the award-winning imageRUNNER Series of networked digital MFPs, both benchmarks for imaging innovation.