Global Innovation Index and Report 2012

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The World Intellectual Property Organiztion (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, in conjunction with the international business school INSEAD, have just published the Global Innovation Index 2012 Report. The report ranks 141 countries and economies on the basis of their innovation capabilities and their results. The "Top 10" leaders allocated in the Global Innovation Index this year are:

1. Switzerland - 2. Sweden - 3. Singapore - 4. Finland - 5. United Kingdom - 6. Netherlands - 7. Denmark - 8. Hong Kong (China) - 9. Ireland - 10. United States of America ... and as an IP firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, we are pleased to take note of the fact that Germany  - even if not one of the top ten - at least ranks 15th. 

As can be taken from the chart above (scource: WIPO) the leaders in the various regions are: Switzerland in Europe, the US in Northern America, Singapore in South East Asia and Oceania, Israel in Northern Africa and Western Asia, Chile in Latin America and the Caribbean, India in Central and Southern Asia, and Mauritius in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to WIPO and INSEAD, "the Global Innovation Index 2012 is a recognition of the key role that innovation serves as a driver of economic growth and prosperity. It is also an acknowledgement of  the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation that is applicable to both developed and emerging economies, with the inclusion of indicators that go beyond the traditional measures of innovation (such as the level of research and development in a given country)."

For more detailed information and the full report including charts, overviews and other statistics please see: http://www.wipo.int/econ_stat/en/economics/gii/