Thomson Reuters has put together its 2013 Top 100 Global Innovators list, which “honors the 100 corporations and institutions around the world that are at the heart of innovation as measured by a series of proprietary patent-related metrics.”

BlackBerry was among one of the 100. Reuters says these “100 organizations in the 2013 study outperformed the S&P 500 for the third consecutive year, by 4 percent in annual stock price growth and 2 percent in market cap weighted revenue growth. Collectively they generated $4.5 trillion in revenue, nearly twice the GDP of the United Kingdom. The Top Innovators also added 266,152 new jobs over the last year, a rate that was 0.81 percent higher than the new job creation rate among constituents of the S&P 500. This year’s winners also outspent the S&P 500 by 8.8 percent on R&D; collectively they invested $223 billion in their research and development efforts.”

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“Now in its third year, the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators study provides further evidence that innovative organizations those that secure global patent protection for their intellectual property, continue to push the envelope with new technologies and invest more in R&D are those that outperform the S&P 500 on virtually every measure of business success. Since inception, the Top 100 have consistently seen increases in annual revenue greater than those of the S&P index,” said David Brown, managing director, Thomson Reuters IP Solutions. “These are the companies that are driving growth, creating jobs and pioneering new products and services; we are honored to recognize their efforts through this annual program.”

The reason for BlackBerry getting added to the list? It was “driven by a 38 percent surge in patent filings between 2010 and 2011, and 17 percent growth in patent filings between 2011 and 2012.  The rapid expansion of the company’s patent portfolio is certain to be a factor in BlackBerry’s recently-announced plans to pursue strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.”