Thomson Reuters Names World's 100 Most Innovative Companies

2011 Top 100 Global Innovator organizations add more than 400,000 new jobs and outperform the S&P 500 by 5.7 percent in average revenue over past year

Nov 15, 2011, 05:00 ET from Thomson Reuters

LONDON, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters announced the world's 100 most innovative organizations today with the launch of the Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator(SM) program, an initiative that analyzes patent data and related metrics in a proprietary methodology to identify the companies and institutions that lead the world in innovation activity. More information is available at

"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. "The Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator program recognizes those organizations that lead the world in innovation, the protection and commercialization of inventions, and influence on future technologies. We salute these companies and their leaders for the innovative spirit they foster and their commitment to protecting intellectual assets."

The Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator companies are, in alphabetical order:

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 U.S.A., 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

A comparison of market data for 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator companies (of those that report such figures) shows they added more than 400,000 new jobs in 2010 over 2009, three percent more than the prior year and greater than the percentage increase in growth experienced by the S&P 500 for the same period. "The jobs created by the Top 100 Global Innovator organizations are a significant indicator of the impact innovation can have on driving economic growth," said Mr. Brown. Additionally, the 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator organizations had a 12.9 percent increase in market cap weighted average revenue over the prior year, whereas the S&P 500 market cap weighted average revenue grew by just 7.2 percent.

Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator companies are geographically dispersed. Forty percent of them are from the U.S., 31 percent are from Asia, and 29 percent are from Europe. Asia's representation is split between Japan and South Korea, with 27 percent from the former and four percent from the latter. Europe's representation is divided between France (11 percent), Germany (four percent), the Netherlands (four percent), the Principality of Lichtenstein (one percent), Sweden (six percent), and Switzerland (three percent). France is the European leader in innovation. Despite China's lead in patent application filing volume, it is absent from the top 100 list as global influence and application to grant ratios are important aspects of the methodology.

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.  The peer-reviewed methodology was executed using the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI), Derwent Patents Citations Index™, Quadrilateral Patent Index™, and Thomson Innovation®, the IP and intelligence collaboration platform. Comparative financial analysis was done using the Thomson Reuters Eikon platform, the single source for turning financial information into action.

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