John Deere earns recognition as Top 100 Global Innovator

           John Deere earns recognition as Top 100 Global Innovator

PR Newswire

MOLINE, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012

MOLINE, Ill., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --John Deere has been named a Thomson
Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator. The program honors corporations and
institutions that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of
proprietary patent-related metrics. The list is an initiative of the
Intellectual Property Solutions business of Thomson Reuters.

"Meaningful innovation at John Deere is creating product and service solutions
that solve real problems and create value for our customers and our company,"
said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer.

The Top 100 methodology rewards companies in four key areas: overall patent
volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio, and patent
influence as evidenced by citations. The research uses a number of key patent
and financial indexes to rank innovative practices in companies around the

David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions, said,
"Innovation is the foundation for economic prosperity and technological
advancement. We congratulate the Thomson Reuters 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator
companies and their leaders for recognizing the important role innovation
plays in the successes of today and of tomorrow."

Thomson Reuters said the 2012 Top 100 Global Innovator companies created
additional jobs, performed better in revenue, and invested more in research
and development in the past year when compared to other companies.

"Our company began 175 years ago with the innovation of a self-scouring steel
plow by our founder John Deere," Allen said. "We invest in innovation to help
our customers continue to be highly productive. For example, we have grown our
capabilities in the past six years from a single North American corporate R&D
center to five Global Technology Innovation Centers."

Allen said that Deere benefits from the competitive strength of
enterprise-wide innovation as a key component of fulfilling the company's
business strategy and sustaining profitable growth through differentiation.

The Top 100 list represents a diversity of industries. The full report is
available on the internet at

Deere&Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products
and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked
to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon
the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel,
shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, JohnDeere has delivered innovative
products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more
information, visit JohnDeere at its worldwide website at

SOURCE Deere & Company

Contact: Ken Golden, Director, Global Public Relations, +1-309-765-5678
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