Thomson-Reuters: Top 100 Innovators Thomson-Reuters recently published its annual ranking of the top 100 global innovators, among companies and research entities, that have excelled worldwide in 2011. The four parameters used to evaluate the companies and entities were: the proportion between patent applications filed and granted, their international coverage, their economic impact and the number of patents that started a trend. Thomson-Reuters’ report highlights some interesting aspects including the total absence of Italian companies, the predominance of Nordic countries among the top innovators and the undisputed domination of the United States and of Japan. China is absent: it patents a great deal, but is...