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2023 Global Innovation Report

  • The Global Innovation 100
  • The Global Disruption 50
  • Our Methodology

Patsnap releases 2023 Global Innovation report

Technology Innovation is at the heart of our era. While innovation is driven by a wide array of individuals, organizations, and institutions, a significant portion of groundbreaking innovations can be attributed to a select group of tech giants. Patsnap releases our annual report “2023 Global Innovation Report”, to identify the leaders and disruptors, as well as to illustrate the dynamic landscape of innovation.
Utilizing Patsnap’s’ Innovation Capability Evaluation Model, we demonstrate the 100 top-performing companies as our “2023 Global Innovation 100”, celebrating excellence in innovation, we also discover 50 rapidly growing companies with groundbreaking innovations as our “2023 Global Disruption 50”, celebrating disruption in innovation. They innovate across a diverse array of industries from different countries and regions. They are shaping the future of technology…

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The Global Innovation 100

The Greatest innovators of this era,
Leading the world’s technology progress

A significant portion of groundbreaking innovations can be attributed to a select group of tech giants. Global Innovation 100 are the greatest innovators of this era, having led the world’s technology progress over years. They are also trailblazers in the innovation ecosystem. Not only do they expand the horizons of innovation through their robust technological capabilities, but they also exert a profound influence on companies both within and beyond their respective industries, propelling the advancement of our times.

Who are the Global Innovation 100?
  • Company(The list is sorted alphabetically)

    Country/
    Region

    Industry

  • 3M

    U.S.

    Chemicals & Materials

  • ABB

    Switzerland

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Abbott

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • AbbVie

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Alphabet

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Apple

    U.S.

    Electronics

  • Applied Materials

    U.S.

    Semiconductor

  • Asahi Kasei

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • AstraZeneca

    U.K.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Baker Hughes

    U.S.

    Energy & Electrical

  • BASF

    Germany

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Bayer

    Germany

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Becton Dickinson

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Boehringer Ingelheim

    Germany

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Boeing

    U.S.

    Aerospace & Defense

  • Bosch

    Germany

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Boston Scientific

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Bristol Myers Squibb

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • British American Tobacco

    U.K.

    Consumer Goods

  • Canon

    Japan

    Electronics

  • Continental

    Germany

    Automotive

  • Corning

    U.S.

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Corteva Agriscience

    U.S.

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Danaher

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • DENSO

    Japan

    Automotive

  • Dow

    U.S.

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Eaton

    Ireland

    Energy & Electrical

  • Emerson

    U.S.

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Epson

    Japan

    Electronics

  • Exxon Mobil

    U.S.

    Energy & Electrical

  • FUJIFILM

    Japan

    Electronics

  • Fujitsu

    Japan

    Electronics

  • GE

    U.S.

    Machinery & Equipment

  • General Motors

    U.S.

    Automotive

  • Gilead Sciences

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • GSK

    U.K.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Hitachi

    Japan

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Honda

    Japan

    Automotive

  • Honeywell

    U.S.

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Huawei

    Chinese Mainland

    Telecommunications

  • IBM

    U.S.

    Electronics

  • Intel

    U.S.

    Semiconductor

  • InterDigital

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • JFE Steel

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Johnson & Johnson

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Kyocera

    Japan

    Electronics

  • LG Chem

    Korea

    Chemicals & Materials

  • LG Electronics

    Korea

    Electronics

  • LM Ericsson

    Sweden

    Telecommunications

  • Medtronic

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Merck

    Germany

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Merck Sharp & Dohme

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Microsoft

    U.S.

    Electronics

  • Mitsubishi Chemical

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Mitsubishi Electric

    Japan

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

    Japan

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Motorola

    U.S.

    Electronics

  • Murata Manufacturing

    Japan

    Electronics

  • NEC

    Japan

    Telecommunications

  • Nestlé

    Switzerland

    Consumer Goods

  • Nippon Steel

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Nitto Denko

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Nokia

    Finland

    Electronics

  • Novartis

    Switzerland

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Olympus

    Japan

    Electronics

  • OPPO

    Chinese Mainland

    Electronics

  • Oracle

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical

    Japan

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • P&G

    U.S.

    Consumer Goods

  • Panasonic

    Japan

    Electronics

  • Pfizer

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Philip Morris International

    U.S.

    Consumer Goods

  • Philips

    Netherlands

    Electronics

  • QUALCOMM

    U.S.

    Telecommunications

  • Ricoh

    Japan

    Telecommunications

  • Roche

    Switzerland

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • RTX

    U.S.

    Aerospace & Defense

  • Safran

    France

    Aerospace & Defense

  • Saint-Gobain

    France

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Samsung Electronics

    Korea

    Electronics

  • Sanofi

    France

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Saudi Aramco

    Saudi Arabia

    Energy & Electrical

  • Semiconductor Energy Lab.

    Japan

    Semiconductor

  • Shell

    U.K.

    Energy & Electrical

  • Shin-Etsu Chemical

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Siemens

    Germany

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Solvay

    Belgium

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Sony

    Japan

    Electronics

  • State Grid

    Chinese Mainland

    Energy & Electrical

  • Sumitomo Chemical

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Sumitomo Electric

    Japan

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Japan

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Tencent

    Chinese Mainland

    Information Technology

  • Thermo Fisher

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Toray

    Japan

    Chemicals & Materials

  • TOSHIBA

    Japan

    Machinery & Equipment

  • Toyota

    Japan

    Automotive

  • TSMC

    Taiwan Region

    Semiconductor

  • Volkswagen

    Germany

    Automotive

  • ZTE

    Chinese Mainland

    Telecommunications

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3M

U.S.

Chemicals & Materials

3M is a pioneering company committed to revolutionizing material technology. It has established a competitive portfolio of material products and technologies that can be utilized across various sectors, including healthcare, automotive, energy, home, and communications. Its technologies have a global presence, serving up to 99 countries/regions worldwide.

ALPHABET

U.S.

Information Technology

Alphabet is a worldwide tech powerhouse with a presence in multiple IT domains, including internet search, cloud computing, AI, and more. The company wields a significant impact on the global internet landscape, with its patents collectively cited over 1.5 million times. Currently, Alphabet is actively engaged in the exploration of AI technologies for applications such as autonomous driving, smart cities and industrial connectivity.

Huawei

Chinese Mainland

Telecommunications

Huawei is one of the world’s largest R&D entities. It has become the "Quadrilateral Warrior" of innovation in the Telecommunications sector with its global presence in 65 countries/regions and over 1M forward citations. The company is gradually incubating new technologies such as cloud computing, digitalized use of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and so forth.

Siemens

Germany

Machinery & Equipment

Siemens is a major player in the Machinery & Equipment sector, with an expansive portfolio of diverse business segments, including energy, healthcare, home and electrical devices. It boasts a significant global technology presence, with patent filings in over 100 countries/regions. In recent years, Siemens has intensified its focus on integrating hardware and software, delving into areas like digitalization, industrial internet, and smart infrastructure.

Toyota

Japan

Automotive

Toyota, a century-old Japanese automotive group, is known for its pioneering manufacturing principles and a wide range of diversified products. It has accumulated a total of 460K patent applications, establishing itself as a global leader, particularly in hybrid power and hydrogen energy technologies fields. In response to the evolving electric vehicle (EV) industry, Toyota is proactively collaborating with smart vehicle companies in both the U.S. and China.

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The Global Disruption 50

Rising stars of innovation,
Bringing disruptive technologies to the established world

Global innovation is also driven by a multitude of fresh ideas, newfound passions, and unyielding determination. Global Disruption 50 are highly ambitious companies that demonstrate disruptive innovation capabilities and keep growing fast. They often lead to awe-inspiring breakthroughs and bring about disruptive changes in the established world, inspiring new possibilities. They have the potential to become future Global Innovation 100 members.

Who are the Global Disruption 50?
  • Company(The list is sorted alphabetically)

    Country/
    Region

    Industry

  • 10X Genomics

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Advansix

    U.S.

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Aeva Technologies

    U.S.

    Automotive

  • Akoustis Technologies

    U.S.

    Telecommunications

  • Apeel Technology

    U.S.

    Chemicals & Materials

  • Arvinas

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Aulton

    China

    Automotive

  • Axsome Therapeutics

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • BeiGene

    China

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Beijing Horizon Information Technology

    China

    Automotive

  • Blueprint Medicines

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Broncus

    China

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • CATL

    China

    Energy & Electrical

  • Cerence

    U.S.

    Automotive

  • ChangXin Memory Technologies

    China

    Semiconductor

  • Cloudflare

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Dataa Robotics

    China

    Facilities & Equipment

  • DoorDash

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Hyperchain Technology

    China

    Information Technology

  • Inscripta

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Joby Aviation

    U.S.

    Aerospace & Defense

  • KalVista Pharmaceuticals

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • KIOXIA

    Japan

    Semiconductor

  • Lyft

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Netskope

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Nikola

    U.S.

    Automotive

  • OneTrust

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Orbbec

    China

    Facilities & Equipment

  • Pateo

    China

    Automotive

  • Peloton Interactive

    U.S.

    Facilities & Equipment

  • Qi An Xin Technology

    China

    Information Technology

  • QuantumCTek

    China

    Facilities & Equipment

  • Quantum-Si

    U.S.

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • Resideo Technologies

    U.S.

    Electronics

  • Rubrik

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Saluda Medical

    Australia

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • SenseTime

    China

    Information Technology

  • Snap

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Snowflake

    U.S.

    Information Technology

  • Stripe

    Ireland

    Information Technology

  • SVOLT

    China

    Energy & Electrical

  • Traffic Control Technology (TCT)

    China

    Facilities & Equipment

  • Ubtech Robotics

    China

    Facilities & Equipment

  • Ultimaker

    Netherlands

    Facilities & Equipment

  • United Imaging

    China

    Life Science & Healthcare

  • V-Nova International

    U.K.

    Information Technology

  • Xiaomi

    China

    Electronics

  • Xpeng

    China

    Automotive

  • Yangtze Memory Technologies

    China

    Semiconductor

  • Zoom Video Communications

    U.S.

    Information Technology

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Snap

U.S.

Information Technology

Established in:2011

2019-2022 Patent Application CAGR:41%

Snapchat, the precursor to Snap, has evolved into a cornerstone of Snap's product portfolio, alongside the augmented reality (AR) platform Lens Studio and AR glasses Spectacles. Since its inception in 2011, Snapchat has rapidly gained popularity and now stands as one of the most widely used social media platforms globally.
Throughout its existence, Snapchat has been a continuous hub of innovation. This is evidenced by its robust Technology Size of 5610 patent applications. The platform has introduced several pioneering features such as Chat, Our Story, Tap to View, Lenses, and more. Notably, these features outpaced competitors like Instagram and Facebook, compelling them to introduce their own iterations. The impact of Snapchat's innovation is further underscored by the impressive citation count of its top 10 patents, totaling 4236 citations.

Key Innovation Indicators

selected metrics to illustrate advantages

  • Technology Size

    Patent applications

    5610
  • Technology Quality

    Invention application percentage

    96%
  • Technology Influence

    Total forward citations of top10 cited patents

    4236

10X Genomics

U.S.

Life Science & Healthcare

Established in:2012

2019-2022 Patent Application CAGR:31%

Established in 2012, 10X Genomics is a pioneering company specializing in the design and manufacture of gene sequencing technology for scientific research. Their single-cell sequencing technology stands out as a rapidly advancing breakthrough, having received The Scientist Top 10 Innovations award consistently from 2015 to 2021 for six consecutive years. In the years following the company's inception, its technological influence has expanded significantly. Their innovative single-cell, spatial, and in situ technologies have been referenced in over 6,100 research papers and cited in approximately 2,000 patents, with an average citation rate of 15.6 times each. Furthermore, 10X Genomics has made remarkable strides in the global arena. They hold patents in 28 countries/regions, and their PCT filings percentage ranks 4th among the Global Disruption 50, representing a remarkable 12.7% coverage.

Key Innovation Indicators

selected metrics to illustrate advantages

  • Technology Influence

    Average forward citations per patent

    15.6

    Total forward citations of patents

    31k
  • Technology Globalization

    Countries/regions covered

    28

    PCT filings percentage

    12.7%

Cerence

U.S.

Automotive

Established in:2019

2019-2022 Patent Application CAGR:75%

As the youngest member of the Global Disruption 50, Cerence, a spin-off from Nuance, has swiftly emerged as the world's premier provider of automotive assistants. Boasting an impressive patent application CAGR of 75% from 2019 to 2022, Cerence is at the forefront of creating intelligent, flexible, and intuitive in-car experiences for leading automakers globally. Currently, Cerence holds 425 granted inventions, representing a remarkable 99% of the total patents in its domain. The company's technological prowess extends beyond quantity to include exceptional quality, as exhibited by their influence on the industry. Notably, Cerence's top 10 cited patents have garnered attention from industry giants such as ZTE, Google, Microsoft, and LG, resulting in a total of 5,108 citations. On average, all Cerence's patents are cited 47.9 times, securing its position at the forefront of the Global Disruption 50.

Key Innovation Indicators

selected metrics to illustrate advantages

  • Technology Size

    Granted inventions

    425
  • Technology Quality

    Invention application percentage

    99%
  • Technology Influence

    Total forward citations of top10 cited patents

    5108

    Average forward citations per patent

    47.9

CATL

China

Energy & Electrical

Established in:2011

2019-2022 Patent Application CAGR:36%

CATL is a globally-leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, including cutting-edge battery management systems (BMS). As of 2022, CATL commands a 34% market share, solidifying its position as the world's largest lithium-ion power battery manufacturer. Noteworthy clients such as Tesla, Peugeot, Hyundai, Honda, BMW, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo benefit from CATL's high-quality products. CATL's commitment to technological innovation is evident in its robust capabilities. Over the past five years, the company has filed 17,000 patent applications, establishing a substantial technology portfolio. Furthermore, CATL has made a significant impact on the industry, with its patents cited 32,000 times. The company's global technological footprint is underlined by its 13 battery manufacturing bases distributed worldwide. In terms of patent performance, CATL's achievements are remarkable. With 2,732 non-design PCT filings and a 12.7% PCT filings percentage, CATL outperforms nearly 85% of entities in the Global Disruption 50.

Key Innovation Indicators

selected metrics to illustrate advantages

  • Technology Size

    Patent applications in the past 5 years

    425
  • Technology Influence

    Total forward citations of patents

    32K
  • Technology Globalization

    Non-design PCT filings

    2732

    PCT filings percentage

    12.7%

United Imaging

China

Life Science & Healthcare

Established in:2011

2019-2022 Patent Application CAGR:13%

United Imaging is a fast-growing med-tech company providing various high-end medical imaging products, including MR, CT, XR. With only 12 years since founding, United Imaging is a game changer to the industry full of longstanding tech giants. It deeply integrated AI to make medical imaging far more intelligent and efficient. It also successfully developed high-performance core parts to build end-to-end product capability. United Imaging is now selling its products globally with multiple approvals from FDA & CE. Started from learnings from GE, Siemens, Philips etc., United Imaging now has a technology portfolio of 7K Patent applications. It is also radiating its technology to other Chinese players and even global top players. Its patents have been cited for a total of 22K times.

Key Innovation Indicators

selected metrics to illustrate advantages

  • Technology Size

    Patent applications

    7366

    Granted inventions

    2875
  • Technology Influence

    Total forward citations of patents

    22K
  • Technology Globalization

    Non-design PCT filings

    441
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Our Methodology

What is Patsnap’s view on Technological Innovation?

Patsnap has developed our proprietary Innovation Capability Evaluation Model. A comprehensive set of methodologies constructed for quantitatively measuring a company's real technology innovation prowess. Our model consists of 1+4 dimensions: one related to enterprise competitiveness and four focused on technology. Here we focus on the 4 core technology dimensions. They are:

  • Technology Size:

    To assess the overall scale of a company’s technology innovation

  • Technology Quality:

    To evaluate the value of a company’s patents as technology assets

  • Technology influence:

    To measure the impact of a company’s technologies in terms of their role in leading and guiding subsequent innovations

  • Technology Globalization:

    To quantify the extent to which a company’s technologies have a global footprint

How do we identify the top-performing companies?

Using Patsnap’s Innovation Capability Evaluation Model, we effectively assess and dissect the innovation capabilities of each of the 100 million technology companies in the Patsnap database. We can also make relative comparisons and analysis across all innovation dimensions. We identify and demonstrate the 100 top-performing companies as our “2023 Global Innovation 100” to celebrate excellence in innovation. We also identify the 50 rapidly growing companies with groundbreaking innovations as our “2023 Global Disruption 50” to celebrate disruption in innovation.

Beyond the identification of these companies, we also illustrate some insights into the essence of their innovation. The Global Innovation 100 and Global Disruption 50 are not just 150 individual companies, each of them represents a small innovation ecosystem as there can be hundreds of subsidiaries within their organizations. Together they represent the dynamic landscape of innovation, shaping the future of technology across a diverse array of industries. By analyzing their comprehensive innovation data, we uncover characteristics, patterns and trends of global innovation. As a result, we also provide a series of innovation observations based on the two lists, aiming to inspire further contemplation and thought.

How can we effectively showcase a company's technological innovation capabilities?

We leverage the four technology dimensions to portray companies in the format of bubble charts on a 2-dimensional map. On this map, each bubble symbolizes a company, with the bubble's size representing the Technology, its color denoting Technology Quality, its position on the horizontal axis reflecting Technology Influence, and its placement on the vertical axis signifying Technology Globalization.