Top 100 Global Innovators for 2024, revealed [Report]

For 13 years, Clarivate™ has identified the organizations leading the world in technology research and innovation. As the pace of innovation continues to accelerate and competition intensifies, we introduce the Top 100 Global Innovators 2024. This year, ranked.

2024 report key findings

  • Samsung Electronics ranks first in the Top 100 Global Innovators 2024.
  • Japan maintains its position as the biggest contributor of Top 100 entities, with 38 innovators.
  • Mainland China and South Korea continue to expand their representation in the list.
  • Industrial segments have a larger footprint in this year’s Top 100 Global Innovators, including ‘Semiconductors’, ‘Software, media and fintech’ and ‘industrial systems’. ‘Electronics and computing equipment’ continue to be the largest industry category.

See more analysis from the 2024 report here.

The effect of difference  

Each year, Clarivate publishes the Top 100 Global Innovators. Within the report we pinpoint the organizations leading the innovation ecosystem. This year, we rank these top 100 organizations for the first time.

Amidst the changing contours of the R&D ecosystem and across diverse industries and geographies, innovation is not just increasing; it’s accelerating. Some organizations in the Top 100 Global Innovators 2024 show remarkable resilience, maintaining their coveted Top 100 status for another year.

  • 18 organizations retain Top 100 Global status for the 13th
  • Three organizations re-enter the Top 100 list.
  • 2 organizations are awarded Top 100 status for the first time.

Sustaining a competitive edge has become an increasingly challenging task. These innovators not only respond to change but actively redefine and propel change within their respective disciplines, industries and beyond.

“We are absolutely honored to be named for the seventh year running among the Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovators. A tangible form of innovation are patents. Their essence is about sharing.”

Young Liu, Chairman and CEO, Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn)

The Top 100 Global Innovators methodology- measuring the difference

The Top 100 Global Innovators program is grounded in a modern analytical architecture that has been refined over the last 60 years. We leverage the Derwent World Patents Index™ (DWPI™), which acts as a repository of human invention and patented problem solving, curated by Clarivate expert editors. For each record we use dynamic thresholds of differentiation, updated daily.

The Top 100 Global Innovators methodology uses a complete comparative analysis of global inventions data to assess the strength of every patented idea.

Through analytical techniques, we distil 61 million inventions, 1.1 million innovators and organizations, 3,500 qualifying companies and institutions into 100 ranks. the Top 100 Global Innovators are above 99.99% of all other innovators globally. They exemplify excellence.

You can learn more about our full methodology here.

Leveraging performance benchmarking

This year’s report continues to advance the way we model innovation ecosystems to cultivate high-performance benchmarks and practical guidance.

Innovative businesses are part of an ecosystem. Their ideas impact others and they are affected by the inventions of others. It can be difficult to take risks when organizations do not understand how to measure and compare innovation. Our benchmarking introduces objectivity, and the ability to truly measure invention and the value of intellectual property, enabling businesses and institutions to innovate with understanding.

To understand more about how to leverage performance benchmarking behind Top 100, contact experts at the Clarivate Center for IP and Innovation Research today:

Informing critical decisions in today’s complex landscape

Maintaining an edge is harder than ever. Securing and retaining a Top 100 Global Innovators spot requires continued innovation beyond the benchmark set by earlier recipients and beyond the baseline of inventive activity. Innovation intelligence capitalizes on powerful data models and techniques to improve IP decision-making. With these tools, innovators can quantify the impact of investing in research and innovation on the broader canvas of global ideation.

We commend and congratulate the Top 100 Global Innovators of 2024 for continuing to elevate the bar. They carefully balance risk and reward to usher in advancements that not only contribute to but define the essence of human ingenuity.

Learn about the full Top 100 list, our methodology, the 2024 analysis and more here.