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Most innovative companies in the world

Last updated on: January 15, 2013 09:04 IST

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While there are many big companies in the world not all companies invest capital and time in innovation. Let's take a look at some of the most innovative companies in the world.

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International Business Machines

Patent grants in 2012: 6,478

Country: United States

Profits: $15.9 billion

Sales: $106.9 billion

Five-year stock price change: 90.1 per cent

Size: 32nd largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 1

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Samsung Electronics

Patent grants in 2012: 5,081

Country: South Korea

Profits: $11.5 billion

Sales: $142.4 billion

Five-year stock price change: 190.5 per cent

Size: 26th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 2

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Canon

Patent grants in 2012: 3,174

Country: Japan

Profits: $3.2 billion

Sales: $46.2 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 33.5 per cent

Size: 149th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 3

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Sony Corporation

Patent grants in 2012: 3,032

Country: Japan

Profits: Minus $5.5 billion

Sales: $78.9 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 79.5 per cent

Size: 477th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 4

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Panasonic Corporation

Patent grants in 2012: 2,769

Country: Japan

Profits: $0.9 billion

Sales: $104.6 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 76.1 per cent

Size: 224th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 5

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Microsoft Corporation

Patent grants in 2012: 2,613

Country: United States

Profits: $17.0 billion

Sales: $73.7 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 26.7 per cent

Size: 42nd largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 6

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Toshiba

Patent grants in 2012: 2,447

Country: Japan

Profits: $1.7 billion

Sales: $77.0 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 57.4 per cent

Size: 205th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 7

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Hon Hai Precision Industry

Patent grants in 2012: 2,013

Country: Taiwan

Profits: $2.6 billion

Sales: $102.6 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 51.58 per cent

Size: 156th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 8

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General Electric

Patent grants in 2012: 1,652

Country: United States

Profits: $14.2 billion

Sales: $147.3 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 40.57 per cent

Size: Third largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 9

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LG Electronics

Patent grants in 2012: 1,624

Country: South Korea

Profits: Minus $0.4 billion

Sales: $46.8 billion

Five-year stock price change: Minus 20.1 per cent

Size: 697th largest in the world

Global rank in innovation: 10


Image: Models pose next to a LG Electronics' OLED television in Seoul.
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