South and South East Asia, as a region, is dynamic and diverse. While South Asia consists of 8 countries, South East Asia consists of 11 countries. Together, the region spans 19 countries that are geographically close, culturally diverse and each at varying stages of economic development. The recognition of innovation as a key driver for economic growth, though recent, will be the key ingredient in the region’s recipe for long-term sustainable growth.
In a new report, our Derwent™ patent analysts shine light on innovation originating from the region. They identify the region’s leading innovators through research on patents filed between 2014 and 2018 by organizations that are either headquartered in the region, or academic and government institutions that originate from the region.
Clarivate research uses editorially enhanced, authoritative and accurate patent data from Derwent World Patents Index™ (DWPI™) and Derwent Patents Citation Index™ to track innovation based on four indicators:
From analysis of over 75,000 inventions (DWPI Families) across the region, 235 organizations made the final list of leading innovators. These organizations are based in nine countries – Brunei Darussalam, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam – and include government research institutions, academia and corporations. The top innovators and their patents provide an insight into common trends shaping the future of innovation in this region.
From analysis of over 75,000 inventions (DWPI Families) across the region, 235 organizations made the final list of leading innovators.
Uncovering the key drivers of innovation
Analysis by our patent experts revealed several key drivers of innovation in the region:
- Governments are playing an important role in driving innovation. From investment in science and technology, to creating policies that enable innovation, government support is key in developing knowledge-based, innovation-driven economies.
- 57% of the top innovators in the region are government research organizations and academic institutions who are leveraging government support, industry-academic partnerships and international collaborations to drive innovation.
- 43% of the top innovators in the region are corporations that are rapidly adapting to serve the needs of a changing world to create sustainable growth.
- Start-ups are leveraging technology to solve unique customer problems, thus disrupting business models and driving adoption of their products and services at an unprecedented pace.
- IP offices are supporting governments’ drive to create an IP-centric culture within their countries to advance innovation.