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Nov 15, 2011 at 10:08pm IST

Thomson Reuters names top 100 global innovators

London: Thomson Reuters released its list of the 100 most innovative organisations in the world. The list dominated by technology companies includes the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Intel, LG and Motorola. The struggling Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia is not amongst the top 100.

"Innovation is a means of growth and prosperity for companies and nations seeking to overcome sluggish economies and achieve competitive advantage," said David Brown, president of the IP Solutions business of Thomson Reuters.

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The list is a part of the Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator program that analyses patent data and related metrics to identify the companies and institutions that lead the world in innovation activity. A comparison of market data for 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator companies shows they added more than 400,000 new jobs in 2010 over 2009.

No Indian firms among top 100 innovators

The list dominated by technology companies includes the likes of Apple and Microsoft.

Forty percent of the 100 companies on the list are from the US, 31 per cent from Asia and 29 per cent from Europe. Asia's representation is split between Japan (27 per cent) and South Korea 4 per cent). Despite China's lead in patent application filing volume, it is absent from the top 100 list. There are also no Indian companies on the list.

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The Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four principle criteria: patent approval success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, patent influence in literature citations and overall patent volume.

List of Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator companies (in alphabetical order):

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3M Company

ABB, Ltd.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.



Alcon, Inc.

Alfa Laval

Analog Devices, Inc.

Apple, Inc.

Applied Materials, Inc.



Atlas Copco

Avaya, Inc.




Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Brother Industries, Ltd.

Canon, Inc.

Cheil Industries, Inc.

Chevron USA, Inc.

CNRS, The French National Center for Scientific Research

Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique

Corning Incorporated

Daikin Industries, Ltd.

Denso Corporation

Dow Chemical Company


Eaton Corporation


Ethicon, Inc.

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Fanuc, Ltd.

Fujitsu Limited

General Electric Company

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation

Harris Corporation

Hewlett-Packard Company

Hilti Corporation

Hitachi, Ltd.

Hoffmann La Roche

Honda Motor Company, Ltd.

Honeywell International, Inc.

IFP Energies Nouvelles

Intel Corporation

International Business Machines Corporation

Japan Aviation Electronics Industry, Ltd.

Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

LG Electronics, Inc.


LS Industrial Systems

LSI Corporation

Microsoft Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Motorola, Inc.

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

NCR Corporation

NEC Corporation

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

Nitto Denko Corporation

Olympus Optical

Panasonic Corporation


Procter & Gamble Company

Qualcomm Incorporated

Raytheon Company

Rhodia Operations

Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Rohm and Haas Company

Rosemount, Inc.

Royal Dutch Shell


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

SanDisk Corporation

Sandvik Intellectual Property AB


Seiko Epson Corporation

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.

Sharp Corporation

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.



Societe De Technologie Michelin

Sony Corporation

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.

Symantec Corporation

Synopsys, Inc.

TE Connectivity

Tetra Laval

Toshiba Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation




Wacker Chemie

Xerox Corporation

Yamaha Corporation

More information is available at top100innovators.com

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