There are a lot of awards in our industry and I do not normally blog about them. However, I do make exceptions and the annual Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators award is one of those exceptions. For the fourth year in a row, Thomson Reuters has named Xilinx in its Top 100 Global Innovators report. Xilinx innovations are directly aimed at helping customers integrate the highest levels of software-based intelligence with hardware optimization and any-to-any connectivity in all applications including those associated with six key Megatrends (5G Wireless, SDN/NFV, Video/Vision, ADAS, Industrial IoT, and Cloud Computing) shaping the world’s industries today.
According to SVP David Brown, Thomson Reuters uses a scientific approach to analyzing metrics including patent volume, application-to-grant success, globalization and citation influence. Consequently, this award is based on objective criteria and is not a popularity contest, which is why I consider it bloggable. That, and Xilinx’s presence on the Top 100 list this year, and in 2012, 2013, and 2014. (Note: The top 100 innovators are not ranked. You’re either on the list—or you’re not. Xilinx is.)
Brown writes in a preface to the report:
“…we’ve developed an objective formula that identifies the companies around the world that are discovering new inventions, protecting them from infringers and commercializing them. This is what we call the “Lifecycle of Innovation:” discovery, protection and commercialization. Our philosophy is that a great idea absent patent protection and commercialization is nothing more than, a great idea.”
“…for five consecutive years the Thomson Reuters Top 100 companies have consistently outperformed other indices in terms of revenue and R&D spend. This year, our Top 100 innovators outperform the MSCI World Index in revenue by 6.01 percentage points and in employment by 4.09 percentage points. We also outperform the MSCI World Index in market-cap-weighted R&D spend by 1.86 percentage points. The conclusion: investment in R&D and innovation results in higher revenue and company success.”
Here’s a video showing Thomson Reuters Senior IP Analyst Bob Stembridge describing the methodology for determining the world’s most innovative companies for this report:
For more information about this fascinating study and report, use the link above and download the report PDF.