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Is the US Still the innovation nation?

More U.S. patents are going to foreign inventors than those in the U.S. Other nations’ emphasis on science in school may help explain why.

Foreign innovators get more U.S. patents than Americans. Patents are important because they protect intellectual property from unauthorized copying or piracy, and as recently as the turn of the century U.S. inventors were being awarded more patents than their offshore peers, but since 2009 it’s been the other way around. 337,910 U.S. patents went to overseas innovators 2009-2012, 329,768 to Americans.

Play today’s video to see why it matters (hint: there’s a connection between patents and jobs) and share it with someone you know who has a bright idea.

What do others say?

  • : Congressional Research Service: “An overview of the ‘patent trolls’ debate” More

  • : Smithsonian Magazine: “10 inventions you haven’t heard about” More

  • : New York Times infographic: “Steve Jobs’ patents” More

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