The Innovation Momentum 2022 Report Reflects Critical Global Topics and Highlights the Most Innovative Regions of the World

Jan 19, 2022

In a brand-new intellectual property report, we’ve revealed a unique methodology capturing the Innovation Momentum of the last two years and recognizing technology companies with exceptional technological relevance for the future and those outperforming their peers. “Innovation Momentum 2022: The Global Top 100” rewards companies with well-maintained portfolios while recognizing highly specialized technology drivers with exceptional relevance in their focus areas, spotlighting true innovative contemporaries across all industries.

The following is a high-level summary of the themes observed in the report, including a peek into some of the top 100 patent developers and the regions where we are seeing the most innovation. 

The 2022 Industry Sector Distribution of Top 100 Patent Owners

Our chief observation of the 2022 list of innovators is the industries and subsequent technologies most represented in the top 100 are nearly a direct reflection of critical global topics. Economic pressures like the global pandemic and subsequent supply chain challenges are key themes driving developments in this year’s list.  

As we reach the second-year milestone of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the pharmaceuticals are at the top of the most innovative industries list, with continued vaccine development from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and others. Highlighting the continued digital transformation of nearly every aspect of daily life, the information technologies industry is well represented on the list. This includes financial services companies like Ant Group and WeBank, as well as internet giants like Alphabet, Amazon, and Tencent 

Technologies that are necessary to provision the most influential industries also appear throughout the report. For example, hardware from the semiconductor manufacturers like TSMC and electronics companies like Goodix are vital to supporting world’s continued digital transformation. The demand for rechargeable batteries for items such as mobile devices and electrical vehicles gives context to the chemical & materials category with innovators like Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), LG Chem, and Samsung SDI on the list.  

Changing environments and policies are also driving top innovators. For example, the tobacco industry shows representation in the consumer goods category as it continues to transform alongside reforms. We see patents in the automotive industry reflecting climate change action.  


Top 100 Innovators


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Innovation Momentum in the World’s Regions

In a global economy with worldwide intertwined supply chains, it is worthwhile to convey a broader view of the top 100 patent owners.  

The Americas, namely the U.S., contributes almost half of the top 100 companies. These are concentrated in the pharmaceutics, medical technologies, and information technologies industry sectors. The Americas have the most diverse set of industry sectors, as opposed to Asia and CEMEA which have noticeable gaps.  

About a third of the companies are in the Asian region, which focuses on electronics, chemicals & materials, and information technologies. The remaining fifth comes from the CEMEA region with all but one innovator being in Central Europe.  


Innovation by Industry

Looking at the dynamics of innovation gives us a unique view of current and future developments and recognizes those who are making them a reality through their work. The new Innovation Momentum methodology provides insights into the global landscape of the most innovative technologies and their owners, helping to identify relevant trends and make the most of opportunities.  

Want to see the full Innovation Momentum 2022 list of the global top 100? Download the report now. 

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