Industrial Innovation: Business Equipment

Updated Time: 12 Mar 2018

The Business Equipment Industry has a total of 194,501 granted patents and 657,960 patent applications distributed into 510,196 patent families. Based on the countries of patent applications, the key markets are Japan, USA and European Patent Office. The main technology areas are electrography; electrophotography; magnetography, pictorial communication and typewriters; selective printing mechanisms. The top companies in this industry are CANON, RICOH and BROTHER INDUSTRIES.

719,736Total Patents

194,501 Grants

657,960 Applications

Business Equipment has a grant to application ratio of 0.296, which is approximately 1 patent granted for every 3.383 patent applications.

Business Equipment

Geographic Breakdown

By showing the geographic breakdown of the patents in this technology field, it is possible to determine the territorial markets in which the technology field is prominent or which markets have opportunities for development.

TOP 3 Countries

  • Japan
    Japan

    Japan is the top country/region for patent coverage with a total of 501,247 patents.

  • USA
    USA

    USA comes in 2nd with a total of 113,989 patents.

  • European Patent Office
    European Patent Office

    European Patent Office rounds up the top 3 with a total of 28,833 patents.

Key Technologies

Through grouping the patents in the technology field into their various technology areas, it is possible to identify the core technology areas of this field.

Key Technologies

Valuable Patents

The ranking below shows some of the most valuable and important patents in this industry.

Rank Patent Title
1 US20110239022A1 COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME
2 US8454141 Liquid container and liquid supplying system
3 TWI391797B PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM UNIT
4 EP1993003B1 Toner supply container and toner supply system
5 EP1977289A1 PROCESS CARTRIDGE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Main Companies

This shows the top companies in this industry based on their patent output, providing an approximation of each their innovation rate.

Business Equipment Main Companies

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