U.S. Ranks #5 in 2013 Global Innovation Index

By Gene Quinn on July 1, 2013

Earlier today Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released the rankings for the 2013 Global Innovation Index. Switzerland and Sweden remain #1 and #2 respectively, but the United States jumped 5 places to #5.

According to the report, the United States benefited from a strong education base, with many top-ranked universities. Additionally, over the last year the U.S. has seen significant increases in software spending and employment in knowledge-intensive industries. The U.S. was last in the top 5 of the Global Innovation Index in 2009, when it placed #1.

There was also good news for innovation in general, which is alive and well despite the global economic crisis, which drags on. The report explains that “[r]esearch and development spending levels are surpassing 2008 levels in most countries and successful local hubs are thriving.”

“Dynamic innovation hubs are multiplying around the world despite the difficult state of the global economy. These hubs leverage local advantages with a global outlook on markets and talent.” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “For national-level policy makers seeking to support innovation, realizing the full potential of innovation in their own backyards is often a more promising approach than trying to emulate successful innovation models elsewhere.”

2013 Rankings 2012 Rankings
1. Switzerland 1. Switzerland
2. Sweden 2. Sweden
3. United Kingdom 3. Singapore
4. Netherlands 4. Finland
5. United States of America 5. United Kingdom
6. Finland 6. Netherlands
7. Hong Kong (China) 7. Denmark
8. Singapore 8. Hong Kong (China)
9. Denmark 9. Ireland
10. Ireland 10. United States of America


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  1. Marcello Puccini July 3, 2013 3:08 pm

    Very interesting! As expected the progress in the innovation ranking, is strictly related to the education system efficiency.
    Reasoning as an Italian, let me hope that our politicians , government representatves and and parliment members
    will understand this link.

    Ps:besides circulaing this link, is there a way to share directly to others interested to the issue of Innovation, this page? I don’t know how to do this.

    Thanks for the help and best regards

    Marcello Puccini