In the tech world, utility patents are a clear sign of innovation. The more utility patents that a company possesses, the greater its chances of advancing its industry, or coming out with the next big thing. Although US company IBM has held the title as No.1 corporate innovator for the past 19 years (and it looks as though it will be making it to 20 this year), there are a few East Asian companies looking to take the throne. Here is the list of the Top 10 foreign companies to acquire the most utility patents in 2011. Be sure to take note because one of these names might be leading the tech world in the near future.