The 16 most innovative countries in the world

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Dave Bruno, head of the innovation lab at Swiss bank UBS, poses with two tablet computers in his office in Zurich.

Since 2008, Cornell University, INSEAD business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organization have released the annual Global Innovation Index.

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It's essentially a ranking of the most innovative countries in the world.

This year's winners are no strangers to the top of the list, dominating in seven general categories: research, infrastructure, institutions, market and business sophistication, and a commitment to knowledge and creativity.

The most innovative countries teach creatively, enforce progressive laws, do business intelligently, and live on the cutting edge.