Celebrating 10 years of the Top 100 Global Innovators

Introducing the Top 100 Global Innovators
10-year anniversary edition

Every year since 2012, we have celebrated the Top 100 Global Innovators™ – companies and institutions that contribute new ideas, solve problems and create new economic value. From our data-driven analysis, we rank the 100 innovators that sit at the top of the global innovation landscape.

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Who made the Top 100 Innovators 2021, 10-year anniversary edition?

In this special 10-year-anniversary edition, we celebrate consistency in innovation excellence and quantify the economic value of ideation. Using our advanced Derwent™ patent solutions, we unearth the hidden value of innovation culture to provide a measure of the ideation culture that produces patents.

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Increased entry
Increased entry from key innovative regions
Jump in electronics
Jump in electronics and semiconductor firms
Two new automotive entries
Two new automotive entries
First Mainland Chinese research institution
First Mainland Chinese research institution
First British company
First British company
Nine first-time Top 100 Global Innovators
Nine first-time Top 100 Global Innovators


companies that have led the way.

29 companies have appeared in the Top 100 Global Innovators list every single year since its inception a decade ago. With an average age of a century, the foundational stories of these firms and the themes they teach, endure and resonate today.

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to the

Top 100

Using editorially enhanced, authoritative and accurate patent data from Derwent World Patents Index™ and Derwent Patent Citations Index™, we track innovation based on four indicators: volume, influence, success and globalization.

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