Intellectual Property

Top 100 Global Innovators – Graphic of the day

Our Top 100 Global Innovators program recognizes the world’s leading companies, industries and regions shaping a brighter tomorrow by developing breakthroughs today. The innovators are identified annually through an in-depth analysis based on a series of trusted patent-related metrics that get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.

Today’s graphic is a look at some of the best and brightest among the 2014 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators and the world’s hotbeds of innovation. All rankings—listed in alphabetical order—are based on an overall score including patent volume, success, globalization and impact metrics. The number of inventions alone does not determine the final rankings.

Google tells Supreme Court no copyright protection exists for Java APIs

From Westlaw Journal Computer & Internet: A federal appeals court incorrectly found Oracle America could sue Google for copyright infringement for replicating elements from Java’s application programming interfaces, or APIs, in the Android smartphone operating system, the search engine giant has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

Google admits it replicated elements from 37 Java API packages, which Oracle America owns.  However, it argues in its petition to the nation’s highest court, the elements it replicated — as well as their structure, sequence and organization — are not subject to copyright protection as a matter of law.

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Top 100 Global Innovators for 2014

Honorees generated the equivalent of US $3.69 trillion in revenue last year

Our Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business has released its 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list to recognize the most innovative organizations worldwide.

For the fourth consecutive year, we used a proprietary patent-related methodology to identify those companies that are best at turning creative ideas into commercialized inventions. The ranking is based on an overall score that considers patent volume, success, globalization and impact metrics. Organizations making the list are then analyzed to determine their financial performance.

Innovation surges and strongholds

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The Top 100 honorees have outperformed the S&P 500 for the fourth consecutive year, generating the equivalent of U.S. $3.69 trillion in revenue and achieving year-over-year market cap weighted revenue growth of 12.6 percent, roughly double the 6.85 percent annual revenue growth generated by S&P 500 companies. These leading innovators also spent U.S. $208 billion on research and development in 2013, outpacing their S&P 500 constituents at a rate of 4:1.

Based on analysis done by the Thomson Reuters StarMine team, the Top 100 Global Innovators generate more cash flow, have higher returns, and offer a relatively attractive dividend yield despite being modestly undervalued. They rank in the 64th percentile on a Price/Cash Flow basis and have an average dividend yield of 2.2 percent, which is higher than that of the S&P 500, at 1.9 percent, and the technology sector at 1.4 percent. In terms of financial fundamentals, the Top 100 have the highest score (70) in the Cash Flow Component of the StarMine Earnings Quality model, which is the degree to which earnings are derived from sustainable sources (such as earnings backed by underlying cash flows).


2014 Journal Citation Reports – Graphic of the day

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. You can use JCR to understand a journal’s true place in the scholarly research world.


Inequitable conduct invalidates patent, Ohio federal judge finds

From Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property: A federal judge has ruled that a company that sued an Ohio manufacturer for patent infringement engaged in inequitable conduct, rendering its patent unenforceable.

U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost of the Southern District of Ohio said defendant ALPS South LLC was entitled to judgment and ordered plaintiff Ohio Willow Wood Co. to pay a significant portion of ALPS’ attorney fees.

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The World in 2025: 10 predictions of innovation


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“It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.” – Voltaire (1694-1778)

As far back as one can look in history, humans have tried to predict everything from the weather and rise and fall of tides to, in more recent times, stock performance and who will reign as champion in a sporting event. From Nostradamus to Toffler to Kurzweil, academics, astronomers, economists, futurists, mathematicians, scientists, sociologists, sports enthusiasts and others have contributed to the science – and art – of predicting what is to come.

It was only fitting then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. With its rich scientific and intellectual property repositories, and deep industry expertise, this business is dedicated to helping customers research, innovate and commercialize tomorrow’s inventions.

The group compiled a paper outlining 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025, based on research done by Thomson Reuters analysts using the company’s patent and scientific literature solutions.

In some cases, the analysts found a growing body of work that gave additional credence to the prediction. In others, the topic was still emerging. In all instances, they followed a trail of current research and innovation activity to connect the dots and make these innovation predictions. (more…)

Nobel laureates – Graphic of the day

Today’s graphic shows the total number of Nobel Prize laureates awarded from 1901 to 2013 by country of origin. See at a glance how the work of this year’s Citation Laureates has already transformed our everyday lives, or is expected to in the near future.

nobel laureates

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Thomson Reuters 2014 Citation Laureates – Graphic of the day

Our Intellectual Property & Science business recently announced its 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates. Having accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. Today’s graphic shows our top picks for 2014 and the technologies they’ve influenced.

Thomson Reuters 2014 Citation Laureates

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Nobel Prize predictions


The 2014 Citation Laureates are our picks for the top Nobel Prize contenders in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. The list includes 26 researchers who represent 25 academic and research organizations, and eight countries.

Every year, we share predictions just ahead of the announcements of the Nobel Prize winners. On Oct. 6, the Nobel Committees will begin announcing the winners to honor the world’s most influential researchers for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics, and for peace.

Long tradition of identifying excellence in research

Thomson Reuters has accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since first publishing the study in 2002.