Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators
INNOVATION is the cornerstone of economic growth and success, for both the companies that innovate and the countries that embrace them.
For the past several years, talk about innovation has permeated news stories, corporate board rooms and government forums. This is so true that the term “innovation” itself has become a buzzword of the 21st century, especially as companies and nations grapple with a shifting global economy, financial crises of unprecedented proportions and a desire to create the next era of opportunity for future generations.
These factors, in conjunction with the awareness at Thomson Reuters of the powerful insights that can be gleaned from studying patent information, prompted us to seize the moment and develop a program that measures innovation from an unbiased and scientific perspective.
Patent activity has always been an indicator of innovation. However, innovation comprises much more than mere patent filing volume. As such, we developed a range of metrics based on various facets of innovation that relate to patenting and science. The Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global InnovatorsSM are companies that invent on a significant scale; are working on developments which are acknowledged as innovative by patent offices across the world, and by their peers; and, whose inventions are so important that they seek global protection for them.
This award acknowledges innovation in its purest form. Being recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator is a prestigious distinction. It confirms an organization’s commitment to progressing innovation globally, to the protection of ideas and to the commercialization of inventions. Global patenting is costly and signals a company’s belief that an invention is commercially important. The award also emphasizes the recent success a company has at obtaining granted patents from the number of published applications it files, a quality that more closely reflects the degree of originality.
Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators are the world leaders in innovation.
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