Canon is constantly running around and developing new things or applying for new patents.
The big problem is that it's very hard to know if/when we might see it in a released camera and what research is done for other projects or to keep the skills up, i.e. basic research.
Exactly. From an internal R&D standpoint Canon seems as innovative and forward thinking as any camera manufacturer. But, when it comes to actual marketable products, it's a different reality.