With 1,382 inventions between 2011 and 2015, of which 858 are patented, Total's Research & Development is increasingly influential and is getting recognized for it. The Group now ranks among the Top 100 Global Innovators, as presented in the 2016 report published by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters).
In compiling the list, Clarivate Analytics took the following factors into account: patent volume (at least 100 unique inventions protected by a granted patent over the the last five years), success rates (number of patents granted in relation to number filed), global reach (patent filings in the four main markets of China, Europe, Japan and the United States) and invention influence (number of citations by other organizations).
"We are proud to rank among the Top 100 Global Innovators," said Philippe Baptiste, Chief Technology Officer at Total. "We are leveraging science, technology and innovation in our drive to become the responsible energy major. This ranking recognizes our teams' commitment to achieving our ambition. "
As one of the companies making their first appearance in the Top 100 (see below), Total stands among the three leading oil and gas companies in the list, alongside Chevron and Exxon Mobil.