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07/10/2013 09:00 BST | Updated 07/10/2013 09:53 BST

Top 100 Global Innovators Fails To Include Any UK Businesses

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British business pioneers like Virgin, Rolls Royce and Dyson have been overlooked in a new list of the world's most innovative firms, which failed to list a single UK firm.

Foreign firms like Apple, Mitsibushi and Chevron were included in the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators report, which describes its list as the "vanguard of 21st century innovation".

The report calculates the number of patents applied for, granted and applied in markets across the world, as it warns that the UK is trailing behind America in spending $24.1 billion compared to $279 billion.

“The UK government does not incent innovation like France and other nations, which impacts its ability to attract and retain large, innovative organizations,” said Thomson Reuters in its report.

A Business Department spokesperson said: "Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and the Government is fully committed to improving the UK’s innovation performance, and ensuring the UK remains the largest European destination for foreign direct investment.

"We are continuing to invest in businesses through the Technology Strategy Board, which has a budget of £440 million for 2013/14 and received an extra £185 million boost for 2015/16 in the latest spending review."

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The list includes:

  • 3M Company
  • ABB
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Air Products
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Altera
  • Analog Devices
  • Apple
  • Arkema
  • Asahi Glass
  • AT&T
  • Avaya
  • BlackBerry
  • Boeing
  • Brother Industries
  • Chevron
  • CNRS, The French National Center for Scientific Research
  • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique
  • Corning
  • Covidien
  • Delphi
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • Eaton Corporation
  • Emerson
  • Ericsson
  • European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Ford
  • Fraunhofer
  • Freescale Semiconductor
  • FUJIFILM
  • Fujitsu
  • General Electric
  • Goodyear Tire &Rubber
  • Google
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hitachi
  • Honda Motor Company
  • Honeywell International
  • IBM
  • IFP Energies Nouvelles
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Intel
  • Jatco
  • Johnson &Johnson
  • LG Electronics
  • Lockheed Martin
  • L’Oréal
  • LSI Corporation
  • LSIS
  • Marvell
  • Michelin
  • Micron
  • Microsoft
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
  • NEC
  • NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.
  • Nike
  • Nippon Steel &Sumitomo Metal
  • Nissan Motor Company
  • Nitto Denko
  • NTT
  • Olympus
  • Omron
  • Oracle
  • Panasonic
  • Philips
  • Procter &Gamble
  • Qualcomm
  • Roche
  • Safran
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Samsung Electronics
  • SanDisk
  • Sandvik
  • Seagate
  • Seiko Epson
  • Semiconductor Energy Laboratory
  • Sharp
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical
  • Siemens
  • Sony
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Sumitomo Electric
  • Symantec
  • TDK
  • TE Connectivity
  • Texas Instruments
  • Thales
  • Toshiba
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • TSMC
  • United Technologies
  • France
  • Valeo
  • Xerox
  • Xilinx