Made in United States of America

Immigrants play a leading role in innovation and economic growth in the United States.

“Patent Pending: How Immigrants Are Reinventing The American Economy”, a report authored by Partnership for a New American Economy, details the ways in which foreign-born innovators are changing the American economy. Key findings in this study include:

  • More than three out of every four patents at the top 10 patent-producing U.S. universities, or 76 percent, had at least one foreign-born inventor.
  • More than half of all patents (54 percent) were awarded to the group of foreign inventors most likely to face visa hurdles: students, postdoctoral fellows, or staff researchers.
  • Foreign-born inventors played especially large roles in cutting-edge fields like semiconductor device manufacturing (87 percent), information technology (84 percent), pulse or digital communications (83 percent), pharmaceutical drugs or drug compounds (79 percent), and optics (77 percent).
  • The almost 1,500 patents awarded to these universities boasted inventors from 88 different countries.

 

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