News Release

Epson Named Among Top 100 Global Innovators for Seventh Consecutive Year

- TOKYO, Japan, January 29, 2018 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has been listed among the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators announced by Philadelphia-based Clarivate Analytics. Epson has been named to the list every year since its inception in 2011.

Reasons for selection (cited by Clarivate Analytics)

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!

Intellectual property at Epson

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). In projectors and inkjet printers, where Epson continuously strives to refine its core technologies, the company is among the leaders in the industry in terms of patent quantity and quality. Epson is proud to call itself a world-class IP company.

"Epson is honored 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 honored 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."

Top 100 Global Innovators

Clarivate Analytics analyzes 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.

For details, please see the Clarivate Analytics press release.
https://clarivate.com/blog/news/new-report-asia-reclaims-position-epicenter-global-innovation/

For more details about Epson's intellectual property activities, click on the link below.
https://global.epson.com/innovation/intellectual_property/

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 80,000 employees in 86 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
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