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Thomson Reuters launches website for state of innovation

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The Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business of Thomson Reuters, which provides intelligent information for businesses and professionals has launched a website called ‘State of Innovation’, said a statement from Thomson Reuters.

The website will provide information related to latest innovation trend, data and industry-specific insights focusing on the lifecycle of innovation and showcasing the iterative process of discovering, protecting and commercializing ideas, informs the company.

 “By dissecting innovation to its core components – the scientific research that informs initial discovery and the patents that protect and commercialize new ideas – we can begin to identify important trends that influence the future of the global economy,” said Basil Moftah, president, Thomson Reuters IP & Science.

The launch of the website –, featured findings from the business’s latest research: The Future Is Open: 2015 State of Innovation, which is an analysis of global scientific literature and patent data across 12 technology areas.

The data show that although overall patent activity has reached an all-time high, year-over-year growth in new inventions has slowed considerably and scientific literature production has declined in almost every industry.

“We have created this new go-to destination and source of comment and insight for anyone with an interest in the world of innovation,” said Elise Finn, chief marketing officer.

The Future Is Open: 2015 State of Innovation examines fundamental research and patent activity worldwide across: Aerospace & Defense; Automotive; Biotechnology; Cosmetics & Well-Being; Food, Beverages & Tobacco; Home Appliances; Information Technology; Medical Devices; Oil & Gas; Pharmaceuticals; Semiconductors; and Telecommunications.

Thomson Reuters analysts scrutinized five years of global patent and scientific literature data, outlining the top companies, research institutions and technology areas producing the highest volume of innovation, claimed Reuters.

Key findings from the 2015 State of Innovation include:

Year-Over-Year Innovation Growth Slows: Total, worldwide patent volume increased just 3 percent over the last year, the slowest rate of patent volume growth since the end of the global recession in 2009. The total volume of new scientific research decreased 34 percent over the same period. The largest declines in patent and scientific research volume were in the Semiconductor industry.

Overall Patent Volume Reaches New High: Despite the slowdown in year-over-year growth rate, total, worldwide patent volume has reached a record high, with over 2.1 million unique inventions published over the last year. The industries showing the largest growth in patent volume were Food, Beverages & Tobacco (21 percent); Pharmaceuticals (12 percent); Cosmetics & Well-Being (8 percent); and Biotechnology (7 percent).

Businesses Embrace “Open Innovation”: Across virtually every industry studied, the trend toward “open innovation,” whereby companies partner with academic institutions, individual researchers and other companies (in some cases, even competitors) has been on visible display. Samsung, for example, has moved to aggressively partner with academic institutions in the development of semiconductor technologies, filing 129.1 of every 10,000 patent filings in this space jointly with an academic institution.

Traditional Industry Lines Blur: Driven largely by the rise of the Internet of Things, the traditional boundaries between industries and companies’ areas of specialization have continued to blur. Dozens of companies featured in the study, such as Apple, Du Pont, General Electric, IBM, and Samsung, appear among the top patent assignees in multiple industries outside of their core areas of focus. Samsung is the most extreme example, ranking among the top 25 patent assignees in nine of the 12 industries analyzed in the study.

“The organizations in this study clearly recognize the challenges inherent in continuing to break new ground at the pace they’ve maintained for the last several years. They’re taking clear strides, with strategies such as open innovation and aggressive expansion into new industries, to try to achieve even faster, better results,” added Moftah.

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