By Adam E. John

Thomson Reuters released results of the Top 100 Global Innovator program, an initiative that identifies the companies and institutions that lead the world in innovation activity. The Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on  patent approval success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, patent influence in literature citations, and overall patent volume.

Read on for key findings, and a list of the top 100 most innovative companies in the world for 2011.

To begin with, the Top 100 Global Innovator companies are geographically dispersed. Forty per cent of them are from the U.S., 31 per cent are from Asia, and 29 per cent are from Europe. Asia’s representation is split between Japan and South Korea, with 27 per cent from the former and four per cent from the latter. Europe’s representation is divided between France (11 per cent), Germany (four per cent), the Netherlands (four per cent), the Principality of Lichtenstein (one per cent), Sweden (six per cent), and Switzerland (three per cent). 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.

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 per cent more than the prior year and greater than the percentage increase in growth experienced by the S&P 500 for the same period.

Last but not the least. The Top 100 Global Innovator companies for this year are, in alphabetical order:

  • 3M Company
  • ABB, Ltd.
  • Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
  • Airbus
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Alcon, Inc.
  • Alfa Laval
  • Analog Devices, Inc.
  • Apple, Inc.
  • Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Arkema
  • ASML
  • Atlas Copco
  • Avaya, Inc.
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Boeing
  • 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
  • DuPont
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Ericsson
  • 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.
  • L’Oreal
  • 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
  • Philips
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Raytheon Company
  • Rhodia Operations
  • Rockwell Automation, Inc.
  • Rohm and Haas Company
  • Rosemount, Inc.
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • SanDisk Corporation
  • Sandvik Intellectual Property AB
  • Scania
  • Seiko Epson Corporation
  • Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
  • Sharp Corporation
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Siemens
  • Snecma
  • Societe De Technologie Michelin
  • Sony Corporation
  • Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
  • Symantec Corporation
  • Synopsys, Inc.
  • TE Connectivity
  • Tetra Laval
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Unilever
  • UOP
  • Volvo
  • Wacker Chemie
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Yamaha Corporation
You can access the complete report here on the Thomson Reuters website.