The world's 5 most innovative companies

These international heavyweights scored large numbers of new patents from the U.S. in 2013, further extending their dominance in high tech.

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Feb 11, 2014 1:56PM
My question is this: does the patent office even understand what they are giving patents out for?

Feb 11, 2014 2:33PM
Apparently they're going for quantity over quality.
Feb 17, 2014 9:09PM
Innovative doesn't mean useful.  So much of this high tech stuff is unnecessary.  Camera glasses? Wrist watch computers? Video game hardware?  41 megapixel smart phones?  The myriad of apps available for you-name-it is impressive, but appears to me to be nothing more than entertainment.

Setting myself up to be verbally punched here, but these thousands of patents are for stuff that contribute little for the benefit of humanity at large.

Innovation is grounded in necessity.
Feb 15, 2014 3:44PM
COMCAST- how your bill is always the same in when your service out.
Feb 17, 2014 8:04PM

For all those butt hurt Apple fans who are wondering why they aren't up there as the top 10 innovative companies is because the fact is they never really INVENTED anything after Wazniak. The sad truth is they bought the courts and have their ruling be held on their home court, at their own back yard for crying out loud. Apple gets other companies to make parts for them because they lack the technology to make it themselves, once they pay millions of dollars to their supplier, they always have a way to get back at them if their supplier decides to make a different version of their item. Apparently, brainwashed fanboys think this is called COPYING. Basically their logic is, if Sony invents the LCD TV, then only SONY should be able to make LCD TVs. No other companies can or will make anything that looks like a LCD TV. This is not how global innovation works. You make progress by working with other companies, not by preventing others from making what you came up with. If the first form of the invention of TV was patented and had the mentality of what Apple is doing, there would have been almost ZERO progress in that sector of technology.

Magnet chargers for laptops is a patent held by Apple, but was it invented by them? Nope. Magnet chargers were available all over Asia during the 90s until Apple put a patent on it so no other companies can make it. That's reality for you.

Feb 15, 2014 11:41AM
Almost 80% of what is patented is non-patentable ideas. Many of these technological ideas have already been used traditionally elsewhere in the world that have no access to USPTO. Most recently many innovations that were developed by individuals have been stolen from laptops and desk computers by private corporation hired to collect communication data but ended up stealing data. So the 80% or so innovation is a stolen idea from private individuals, university and technical college students. A guy patented a folding car. That existed over a century ago when a folding bed on wheel was developed around 1918 which as not patented but has been used since then. Collecting sun energy with glass has been around for so long that it is a per-historic concept. Early Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia and other civilizations have used it as a means to start fire (heat). Light through crystal (fiber optic) has always been known to past civilizations. I am thinking of patenting red-brick technology.
Feb 11, 2014 2:33PM

Notice how none of these companies are based in the Middle East, like Iran, Iraq, etc.


Maybe if their minds weren't completely occupied with blowing things up, mistreating women, and who can say "Allahu Ackbar" the most they could actually contribute something positive to the planet.

Feb 18, 2014 10:43AM

I really like Samsung products. So far in my house, we have a Samsung gas range, refregerator, washer/dryer, 5 TVs, 2 notebooks, a Galaxy 10.1 tablet, and Galaxy S4's. They are all really good quality products and work just as they should. Pretty much every electronic item and appliance we own is a Samsung.

Feb 12, 2014 12:11PM

DIDN'T OBAMA SAY THAT?????????????"

Check the list, IBM was listed number 1. Either that are go back to school.
Feb 17, 2014 7:59PM
The country should study the Alabama lawmakers and do as they do for innovation.   The state lawmakers in Alabama, as I understand it, voted themselves a 62% pay raiise!  Where else other than in government does one decide his or her own salary?  Not only that!  They are even more innovative!  They put something like $4100 dollars monthly into something called an "expense" account, again as I understand.  Now, I think they avoid paying taxes on expenses!  How innovative is that?  So, of maybe 53,000 dollars (roughly estimated) probably more than $48,000 is called "expenses" and I guess, tax free!  Now, they are even more innovative!  They only work, as I understand it, a couple of months out of the year!!!  Alabama is not a backward state! They have "innovation" in state government according to what I have heard and read.  All my info may be wrong though.  Research for yourself.
Feb 17, 2014 11:51PM
That also should go to Fox news, so called no spin zone. I agree that both sides are responsible for being "innovative" but I have to give MSNBC slight edge for added entertainment factor. Fox on the other hand seems to dwell on same subjects, such as Bengazi, Obamacare,Bengazi and some more Obamacare.
Feb 18, 2014 12:15AM
Oh, brother. 

ANOTHER useless slide-show article from
Feb 12, 2014 10:58AM
Evidently "innovation" has a different meaning for MSN.  I would expect these companies to be producing new and different products, not copies and redesigns of previous items.  These five firms are all notorious for the lack of innovation.
Mar 21, 2014 9:56AM

the trade magazine Design News wrote several articles over the past decade about how easy it is to get a patent now-a-days.  the first article I read was published about 2 months after I got my 1st patent.  ~ that sure wasn't what I wanted to see or hear....


there are patents that simply re-issue the paper clip.  patents on stacking a sandwich. 


myself and a friend have been trying to get a patent thru the past 3 years with so called engineers shooting it down.  apparently they do not see the technology we're trying to put in place. 


the surge in patents listed on this article are really just a result of the companies hiring lawyers to spoon feed the right stuff in the applications. 

Feb 18, 2014 8:01AM

My Canon printer is a quality machine. I had to go through 6 other brands of printers before I found my Canon that worked and lasted.  I am careful with electronics, but the other brands fell apart on me.  Canon has a big fault, though.  The  directions and operation of the printer are too complicated.


A few years ago I used to put a document in and push the copy button and it would print it out.  It doesn't work that way now.

The Canon printer does a good job, if I print off the computer online. It is when I try to copy, save and print pictures or documents,  it gets complicated. About every 3 months I attempt to do some personal photo copying and copy old letters.  Yesterday, I spent 4 hours making copies of 8 pages. Most of that time was trying to figure out what to do next.  Then I spent another 2 hours printing 4 pictures.  It is when you save them to the computer that it gets too complicated.  I did a copy this morning.  It needs some color adjustment, but that is another complication. 


It is kind of like when you were learning computers, the experts teaching you were so familiar with the process of computing they failed to mention 'all the steps'.   I keep thinking I missed a step at the beginning.


It may be the writers of the directions have an extra brain cell that I don't have.




Feb 18, 2014 1:49PM
Obviously this is unfair and they didn't get the message that they didn't create that.  How dare them not redistribute the patents equally to underperforming companies?  Shouldn't they be forced to give some of these patents to the government and then a portion of them provided to disadvantaged companies?  I'm sure that this redistribution would decrease the wealth gap and increase these company's willingness to invest in additional research and development.
Feb 18, 2014 12:50PM
This story came from Wall Street Journal for all those of you blaming MSN for being biased or unintelligent.
most patents filed are to prevent anyone else from patenting something like what the company is developing.  easier to block any potential competitors.
The most innovative part is how these companies hide their earnings, manufacture their toxic products over seas and pay the help .35 cents an hour. They know you numbskulls will by their products just like I know you will buy my products imported  from Mexico.  I don't often think of self serving people, but when I do, its the American numbskull.. Stay thirsty my ignorant friends
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