Ricoh Co Ltd has been named to the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators list by Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
The list honors 100 corporations and institutions around the world “that are at the heart of innovation.” Selection is based on four principal criteria: overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio and patent influence as evidenced by citations.
Ricoh published more than 4,200 patents in the company’s fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. Overall, Ricoh currently holds more than 22,000 Japanese-issued patents and 18,000 foreign-issued patents (as of July 31, 2012).
The organizations listed in the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovators list outperformed the S&P 500 by 3% in their market cap weighted revenue (15% versus 12%), according to Thomson Reuters’ financial analysis.
“Innovation is the foundation for economic prosperity and technological advancement,” said David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. “Our Top 100 Global Innovator methodology demonstrates the insight that can be gleaned from the analysis of patent data and confirms the fact that companies focused on innovating drive growth and financial success.”
The full report is available at http://www.top100innovators.com.