Taiwan, MediaTek named among Top 100 Global Innovators

 


By Mindy Lee


Taiwan, MediaTek named among Top 100 Global Innovators


Taiwan's state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工業技術研究院) and mobile chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) were named Thursday among the Top 100 Global Innovators by major mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters.


Asia is home to the lion's share of the top 100 innovators for the first time this year, with 46 companies on the list hailing from the region. Of these, 39 are based in Japan, four are in South Korea, two are from Taiwan and one is from China.


North America follows with 36, down from 46 last year, of which 35 are domiciled in the United States and one in Canada. Europe contributed 18 honorees, with the largest representation coming from France with seven, Switzerland with five, and Germany with four.


Now entering its fourth year, the program honors the 100 most innovative organizations globally as measured according to a series of patent-related metrics: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations.


The intense competition in the smartphone arena is clearly apparent in this year's Top 100 Global Innovators list, with many of the major players in the smartphone patent wars making the cut — Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., Google Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd.


“By focusing exclusively on quantitative analysis of global business' intellectual property portfolios, we are able to identify not only what companies are inventing the most, but also how aggressively they are protecting those inventions,” said Basil Moftah, president of Thomson Reuters IP and Science.


“This list of 100 companies represents the absolute vanguard of innovation — the organizations that are driving new breakthroughs, creating new jobs and igniting the global economy; we are honored to recognize their efforts,” Moftah said in a news release.


The semiconductor and electronic components industry continued to lead all other industry sectors in the 2014 list, with 21 representative companies.


Computer hardware was the next most prolific industry, with 13 companies, followed by the industrial sector with eight companies and the automotive sector with six.


The full report is available at http://www.top100innovators.com. 


Taiwan's state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工業技術研究院) and mobile chip designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科) were named Thursday among the Top 100 Global Innovators by major mass media and information firm Thomson Reuters.


Asia is home to the lion's share of the top 100 innovators for the first time this year, with 46 companies on the list hailing from the region. Of these, 39 are based in Japan, four are in South Korea, two are from Taiwan and one is from China.


North America follows with 36, down from 46 last year, of which 35 are domiciled in the United States and one in Canada. Europe contributed 18 honorees, with the largest representation coming from France with seven, Switzerland with five, and Germany with four.


Now entering its fourth year, the program honors the 100 most innovative organizations globally as measured according to a series of patent-related metrics: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations.


The intense competition in the smartphone arena is clearly apparent in this year's Top 100 Global Innovators list, with many of the major players in the smartphone patent wars making the cut — Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Samsung Electronics Co., Google Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd.


“By focusing exclusively on quantitative analysis of global business' intellectual property portfolios, we are able to identify not only what companies are inventing the most, but also how aggressively they are protecting those inventions,” said Basil Moftah, president of Thomson Reuters IP and Science.


“This list of 100 companies represents the absolute vanguard of innovation — the organizations that are driving new breakthroughs, creating new jobs and igniting the global economy; we are honored to recognize their efforts,” Moftah said in a news release.


The semiconductor and electronic components industry continued to lead all other industry sectors in the 2014 list, with 21 representative companies.


Computer hardware was the next most prolific industry, with 13 companies, followed by the industrial sector with eight companies and the automotive sector with six.