Fanuc Corporation, the world’s most diversified manufacturer of CNC Systems, Robots and Machine Tools, has recently been named by Thomson Reuters as a 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator. This new Thomson Reuters program is an initiative that recognises the world’s most innovative organisations as a result of analysing patent data and related metrics in a proprietary methodology.

Thomson Reuters Top Global Innovators program evaluates innovation performance of companies that invent on a significant scale and work on developments that are acknowledged as innovative by others around the world and whose inventions are globally protected due to their importance.

The Thomson Reuters 2011 Top 100 Global Innovator methodology is based on four principal criteria: patent approval success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, patent influence in literature citations and overall patent volume. The peer-reviewed methodology was executed using the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), Derwent Patents Citations Index, Quadrilateral Patent Index, and Thomson Innovation, the IP and intelligence collaboration platform. Comparative financial analysis was done using the Thomson Reuters Eikon platform, the single source for turning financial information into action.

This is the second top innovation recognition that Fanuc has received in 2011. Forbes magazine also named Fanuc one of the top 100 companies on their «World’s Most Innovative Companies» list.