According to a new report published by the global consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG), one of the largest private companies in the United States, Apple remains the number one company in terms of innovation for the eighth straight year. Does that surprise anyone? It shouldn't with the quality of products that Apple offers. Yet the report did hold a surprise this year. It came by way of Samsung leaping to the third position from number eight just a year ago. Samsung's meteoric rise was likely due to their high profile patent battle courtesy of Apple.