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.
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.
Japan is the top country/region for patent coverage with a total of 501,247 patents.
USA comes in 2nd with a total of 113,989 patents.
European Patent Office rounds up the top 3 with a total of 28,833 patents.
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.
The ranking below shows some of the most valuable and important patents in this industry.
|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|
This shows the top companies in this industry based on their patent output, providing an approximation of each their innovation rate.