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ITRI Named a Top 100 Global Innovator for Third Time

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s largest applied research institute, was named among the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19 by Clarivate Analytics early this year and was presented with the award today in Taipei. It is the third time since 2014 that ITRI has been honored, making it the most awarded research institute for the Top 100 Global Innovators in Asia. Amongst the top 100, ITRI, Fraunhofer, and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission are the only three government-sponsored research institutions to make the list.    

Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators Award Ceremony
ITRI President Dr. Edwin Liu (left) accepted the trophy from Nathan Fan (right), Head of Derwent, Greater China and General Manager of Taiwan, Clarivate Analytics.

/EIN News/ -- Now in its eighth year, Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators identifies and celebrates the world’s most innovative organizations who successfully develop valuable patented inventions that also have strong commercialization potential based on originality, market reach, and opportunities for spin-off inventions. “We are pleased to see that ITRI has been nominated again as it has well demonstrated its impact in driving industrial innovation. We sincerely hope more Taiwanese organizations can show their innovation capabilities to the world in the future,” said Nathan Fan, Head of Derwent, Greater China and General Manager of Taiwan, Clarivate Analytics.

ITRI President Dr. Edwin Liu commented that winning the Top 100 Global Innovators award once again is a great acknowledgement of ITRI’s constant efforts in intellectual property (IP) value creation. He indicated that the Institute has been named an Asia IP Elite for six consecutive years. It has been deploying global patent strategies that reflect future market demands, while delivering high-quality patent portfolios to assist Taiwan’s industry in leveraging the value of IP assets and creating blue oceans. By 2018, ITRI has accumulated 17,303 valid patents, 98% of which are invention patents, showing its substantial R&D capacity and IP legal expertise, Dr. Liu added.

The Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators are selected for their excellent patent performance across four criteria: volume, success, globalization and influence. Winning this award represents outstanding effort not only in the quantity of filed patents, but also success in obtaining granted patents, breadth of filing of inventions, and external citations. Besides ITRI, winners this year include international companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. To view the full Derwent Top 100 Global Innovator 2018-19 report, please visit:

About ITRI
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment.

Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 280 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. For more information, please visit:

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