Tokyo, November 17, 2014—Ricoh Company, Ltd. has been named to the 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list by Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
The Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators Award honors companies that lead global business by protecting the creative ideas of inventions through intellectual property rights and transforming them into successful forms of business. Analysis of data for the past five years is conducted based on four principal criteria: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio, and patent influence as evidenced by citations. Ricoh was selected on account of its high scores for the patent grant success rate, which shows the percentage of all patent applications that were successfully registered, and the global reach of the portfolio, which indicates a balance in the patents acquired in the four major markets of China, the United States, Europe, and Japan. We believe that we were selected for the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators Award in recognition of our active global initiatives for technological innovation.
The Ricoh Group is dedicated to accelerating its efforts in growth areas, such as commercial printing, industry products and the consumer business area, with its main focus being the office business. We aim to create new value by further improving our technological strengths and customer contact capabilities as we work to anticipate market changes. We believe the intellectual properties created as a result of these efforts are very important management assets. Therefore, we are committed to creating highy-valued intellectual property, and will continue to work actively to acquire and implement intellectual property rights that contribute to the protection and further growth of this core asset.
Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2014, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 2,195 billion yen based on the IFRS accounting standard (approx. 21.3 billion USD).
The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.
Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.
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