Thomson Reuters Corporation : Patent Trends 2012: Thomson Reuters Evaluates the State of Global Innovation

 Thomson Reuters Corporation : Patent Trends 2012: Thomson Reuters Evaluates
                        the State of Global Innovation

Medical Devices growth spurt continues; Tobacco-related inventions spark up 58
percent

ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA, March 27, 2013 - The Intellectual Property & Science
business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of intelligent
information for businesses and professionals, released its annual analysis of
global patent trends today in its fourth-annual State of Innovation report.
This publication tracks patent activity across 12 key technology areas using
the Thomson Reuters Derwent World Patents Index^® (DWPI^SM) database.

Key findings from the report include:

  *MedicalDevice Patent Volume Rises: The largest increase in patent
    activity over the prior period was in the medical device technology area,
    which grew by 15.7 percent, a reinforcement of the importance of these
    inventions in addressing health issues of the world's exploding
    population.
    
  *Food, Tobacco, & Beverage Fermentation Innovation Sees Largest Subsector
    Increases:· The sub-categories under the technology area of Food,
    Tobacco & Beverage Fermentation saw the largest subsector increases across
    all areas. Tobacco-related innovation sparked up 58 percent and
    sugar-related inventions were sweetened 56 percent, as manufacturers of
    these goods seek alternative pathways to profit.
    
  *Japan Most Active Country in Asia Pacific Region: Japan had the greatest
    representation amongst the top 10 assignees of the featured subsectors in
    the Asia Pacific region. China, despite being the world leader in overall
    patent filing volume, holds 27 of the top 120 assignee slots, whereas
    Japan has 67 of them.
    
  *Computers & Peripherals - a Leader and Follower: The technology area with
    the largest overall volume continues to be Computers & Peripherals, for
    the fourth consecutive year, with a volume of 232,549 filings in 2012.
    Within this area, the subcategory of Computers inched ahead 3 percent (to
    a total of 201,608 filings), whereas scanners experienced a 34 percent
    decline over the prior period, as this technology becomes more obsolete.

"This report is an excellent example of the insights that can be gleaned from
Thomson Reuters proprietary patent data in DWPI," said Cynthia Murphy, senior
vice president of Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. "As the market leader in
global intellectual property information, it is the aim of our business to
highlight valuable industry trends that enable strategic decision making."

The data in this report were compiled using the Thomson Reuters DWPI database
to aggregate granted patents and published applications (examined and
unexamined) from January 1 through December 12, 2012.

View the full State of Innovation report here: 2012 State of Innovation:
Twelve Key Technology Areas and their States of Innovation.

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