Seiko Epson Corporation, a pioneer of digital textile printing and a leader in connecting people, things, and information with efficient and precision technologies, has been listed among the 2016 top 100 global innovators. Notably,
Epson has been named to the list every year since its inception in 2011.
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 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. In the patent rankings for the 2015 fiscal year, Epson ranked 7th in Japan for the number of patents awarded, 16th in the US, and 15th in China (among foreign companies). Epson possesses world-class IP capabilities and is an industry leader in patent quantity and quality in product categories such as inkjet printers and projectors.