This report sheds light on the innovative strategies of the top 2000 corporate R&D investors worldwide, and the way they contribute to scientific advances, the development of new technologies, and to bringing new products and processes onto the market. In addition to providing evidence about some key structural features of these top corporate R&D investors worldwide and their innovative activities and specialisation, the report offers first time evidence about the artificial intelligence (AI)-related activities of these companies. The analysis in the report relies on a three- pronged approach exploiting intellectual property-related data, such as patent and registered trademark data, to proxy technological development and branding strategies, respectively; and scientific publication data to assess the contribution to scientific developments of these top 2000 corporate R&D investors worldwide and their affiliates.
The report is the result of long-term collaboration between the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC) and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
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