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KYOCERA Named a 2014 Top Global Innovator by Thomson Reuters

March 5, 2015
By Business Wire News

KYOTO, Japan

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that it was recognized as one of the 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters, a worldwide provider of intelligent information for business enterprises and professionals. A trophy was presented at Kyocera headquarters in Kyoto last week.

The “Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators” awards have been presented annually since 2011 to recognize organizations at the center of global innovation by analyzing their developments in intellectual property and patents based on Thomson Reuters’ data and original methodology.

In the selection process, Thomson Reuters measured patent activities based on four principal criteria: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations. Among these four elements, Kyocera received especially favorable ratings for its success rate and global reach.

Kyocera recognizes innovation as a vital company asset and remains committed to creating intellectual property which protects and further develops its business.

About the Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators

Research and analysis were performed utilizing Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPISM), Derwent Patents Citation Index™, Quadrilateral Patent Index™ and Thomson Innovation®, the premier IP intelligence and collaboration platform. The methodology to identify the Top 100 Global Innovators included four principal criteria.

All organizations with 100 or more patented new inventions in the past five years are included in the analysis.

2.Success rate
The analysis measures the ratio of inventions described in published applications (those patents which are filed and publicly published by the patent office but not yet granted) to inventions protected with granted patents in the past five years.

3.Global Reach
The global reach of the inventions is analyzed by calculating the number of basic inventions that have quadrilateral patents in their patent families in China, Europe, Japan and the United States.

The number of citations to the organization’s patents by other companies is counted over the most recent five years, excluding self citations.


Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, industrial ceramics and cutting tools. During the year ended March 31, 2014, the company’s net sales totaled 1.45 trillion yen (approx. USD14.1 billion). The company is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s 2014 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

KYOCERA Corporation (Japan)
Hina Morioka, +81-(0)75-604-3416
Corporate Communications
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