The 3M Company is a multinational conglomerate corporation producing more than 65,000 products including adhesives, abrasives and laminates to name a few. It has operations in more than 65 countries and product sales in nearly 200. Post-it note and Scotch tape are among their flagship products. 3M had 2,335 unique inventions between January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2012Download the full report to learn more
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The following is a closer look at the data used and how it was calculated and analyzed to determine the 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators. Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index® (DWPI™), Derwent Patents Citation Index™ data and Thomson Innovation®, the Thomson Reuters IP intelligence and collaboration platform, were utilized in our research and analysis.
The 2013 award focuses on companies which are responsible for generating a sizeable amount of innovation. All organizations with 100 or more unique inventions from the most recent three years were included. A unique invention is defined as the first publication in a patent document of a new technology, drug, business process, etc. In DWPI, these are called "basic" patents. DWPI provides a record of patents published by 48 patent issuing authorities worldwide to enable a comprehensive picture of activity produced. Subsequent filings for the same invention are recorded as "equivalents" in DWPI and collated in "patent families" and, for this analysis, were not included.Success
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Patenting an invention through one or more patent offices is expensive. Not all patent applications pass through the patent examination process at the patent offices to become granted. Therefore, the ratio of published applications to granted patents over the most recent three years is a measure of success.Global
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Protecting an invention in major world markets is an indication that the company places a significant value on those pieces of their intellectual property. The number of unique inventions that have quadrilateral patents in their patent families, according to the Thomson Reuters Quadrilateral Patent Index™, was calculated to create a ratio to show which companies place a high value on their portfolios. The quadrilateral authorities comprise the Chinese Patent Office, the European Patent Office, the Japanese Patent Office, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office.Influence
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The impact of an invention "down the line" can be determined by looking at how often it is subsequently cited by other companies in their inventions. Thomson Reuters used its Derwent Patents Citation Index™ database to count citations to organization’s patents over the most recent 5 years, excluding self-citations.
The final list was determined using the combination of these key performance indices to give a multi-faceted perspective and enable us to identify the 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators.
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