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Foreign nationals residing in the United States are steadily making greater contributions to the country’s intellectual property, stirring concern about maintaining the country’s competitiveness and the debate over whether to relax U.S. immigration policy.

Foreign nationals were named in more than half of international patent applications filed from the United States by large corporations. Those include Qualcomm, at 72 percent; Merck, at 65 percent; General Electric, at 64 percent; Siemens, at 63 percent; and Cisco, at 60 percent.

At the other end of the spectrum, foreign nationals were named on 6 percent of General Motors’ patent applications and only 3 percent of Microsoft’s. The U.S. government is among those that benefit from foreign nationals’ brainpower. Some 41 percent of its patent applications list foreign nationals as inventors or co-inventors.

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Comments on: "Rise in foreign patent filings in the U.S. noted" (1)

  1. I think this is a case of lying with statistics. On a patent application there are often hoards of authors and the likelyhood that one of the multitudes of authors is a foreign national is high but the actual percentage of foreign authors remains low. I’m not denying foreign national contributions I just think this often sited information is misleading. It sounds like 72% of Qualcoms patent authors are foreigners…far from true.

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