At the top of innovation ecosystem – more intense, more complex, faster

Making the cut: from 14,000 organizations, we condense to the Top 100 Patent analysis as a practice has evolved significantly over the past 20 years. Initially, much analysis of patent activity revolved around assessing the volume of activity in a sector, from a patent applicant or within a portfolio. While still useful for basic trend analysis, this doesn’t account for one key issue: patents are not all the same.

Some inventions are highly cited and have greater influence on downstream applications; others are not.

Some inventions are filed broadly in many countries at much higher expense; others aren’t.

And some inventions issue as granted patents; many do not.

The methodology of the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators program uses volume of activity from a patent applicant simply as a qualifying factor for candidacy in the measure, after which other factors come into play: the level of downstream influence on others, the level of broad patent filing and the level of granted patent issuance.

Of the thousands of patent applicants that pass through our volumetric bar, we rank each of them on influence, globalization and success metrics against all other entities in the analysis, finally producing the 100 that sit at the top. These metrics cross the threshold of patent output as a proxy for purely risk mitigation and legal protection activity, to a proxy for the content, importance and quality of ideation and inventiveness – innovation – of the organizations themselves.

Download the complete report now to see who made the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators list.