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Kobe Steel receives Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators Award

January 14, 2016

TOKYO, January 14, 2016 — Kobe Steel, Ltd. has been named as one of the Thomson Reuters 2015 Top 100 Global Innovators. In recognition, Thomson Reuters presented Kobe Steel today with a trophy for the award. This is the second consecutive year that Kobe Steel has received the award.

The program honors 100 of the world’s most innovative organizations. The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, evaluates companies and organizations using a series of metrics to analyze their patent activity and protection of intellectual property. The organizations are recognized for their innovation generated by the creative intellectual property derived from their research activities. The Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators program began in 2011. The criteria for the award are as follows:

1. Overall patent volume:
Organizations with 100 or more patented new inventions from the most recent five years
2. Patent grant success rate:
Ratio of inventions that have been granted patents
3. Global reach:
Number of inventions in four major world markets (Europe, the United States, China and Japan)
4. Invention influence:
Frequency of patents cited by other companies in the patenting of their inventions

Thomson Reuters said that "of the four criteria, Kobe Steel received high scores on patent grant success rate and global reach, leading to Kobe Steel’s selection."

Of the Top 100 innovators, 40 are based in Japan, (versus 39 the previous year), overtaking the United States for the second time in a row.

Kobe Steel will continue to actively pursue research and development to create new value. At the same time, in the global market it will strive to protect and utilize the intellectual property it has generated.

Yoshiko Tanahashi, Vice President, Japan Sales, IP & Science at Thomson Reuters (right) presents the trophy to Kobe Steel’s Senior Managing Director Yasuaki Sugizaki, who oversees research and development at the company.