Konica Minolta named among Top 100 Global Innovators 2022 by Clarivate

| 21 March 2022

Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) announced that Clarivate Plc, a U.K.-based global information service company (Clarivate), named Konica Minolta among the Top 100 Global Innovators 2022 (Top 100 Innovators). To create this list, Clarivate uses its own intellectual property and patent data to identify companies and organisations that have met the qualifying criteria of having filed 500 or more patent applications since 2000 and been granted 100 or more patents during the past five years, and then evaluates the identified candidates in terms of four factors – “Influence,” “Success,” “Globalisation” and “Technical distinctiveness.” Starting from the selection of Top 100 Innovators 2022, Clarivate places greater importance than before on the value of individual inventions in the process of assessing innovativeness.


Supporting business plans with intellectual property strategies
Under “Transform 2016” and “SHINKA 2019,” its medium-term business plans implemented between fiscal 2014 and 2019, Konica Minolta worked on transforming its business portfolios in anticipation of the growth of paperless transactions. To support these plans, the company launched an intellectual property strategy focusing on acquiring basic patents, as well as on quantifying and improving the quality of its patents. Currently, Konica Minolta is transforming its business portfolios through digital transformation (DX) centering on its proprietary imaging IoT platform under DX2022, a new medium-term business plan that started in fiscal 2020. To support this plan, the company is implementing an intellectual property strategy to facilitate the transformation of its patent portfolios by concentrating its intellectual property resources on those patents that can be true sources of corporate competitiveness, such as imaging AI technology.
 
Konica Minolta believes that its inclusion on the list of Top 100 Innovators 2022 is evidence that the high-quality patent portfolios it has built through these strategies have been recognised as “highly valuable intellectual properties that can generate innovations.”
 
With the understanding that intellectual properties are the source of value creation, Konica Minolta remains committed to creating new values that bring innovations to society, and building high-quality intellectual property portfolios that facilitate business growth by continuing appropriate investments.
 

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About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.


As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leader in print transformation’. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.


Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).


For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.


The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta is listed among “2022 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” and received the highest level in EcoVadis Sustainability Ratings.


For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021’ from Keypoint Intelligence.


Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 8,700 employees (as of April 2022), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 1.9 billion in financial year 2021/2022.


Worldwide, the company has over 39,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.


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