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while other regions are catching up the US is still in the lead with their military 'contracts' (aka research subsidies for corporations like boeing, who can use advances in commercial applications)
Originally posted by Astronomer68
According to worldwide patent surveys the U.S. still maintained a declining lead in high technology patents in 2001--the latest year for which worldwide statistics are available. However, Japan appears set to take over the lead soon, if they haven't already.
Originally posted by AceOfBase
The patent data from the OECD shows the EU is gaining a lot faster than Japan.
The UK, France and Germany all have higher growth rates than Japan.
It look like China and India have really high growth rates.
Even though they are very far down on the list now, they may be major players soon.