World’s most innovative biz also lie, cheat and steal

Sure, the global economy is in a panic and our patent system is a trainwreck. Despite gloomy current events, we here at Tekhne are suckers for a pretty infographic. But sometimes you’ve got to look past the design.

Thomson Reuters just issued its first 2011 Top Global Innovators report saluting the multinational barons of industry (psst, here’s a free, no registration version). And Visual News created a nifty infographic with the results.

Except … many of the celebrated corporations are also the poster children of corporate tax cheats, toxic polluters and lethal supply chains. But that probably doesn’t fit as neatly on a colorful poster. Sigh.

Click to enlarge. Source: Visual