Here are some of the eye-opening numbers:
- 76% of patents at the top 10 patent-producing US universities had at least one foreign-born inventor.
- 54% of all patents 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%),
information technology (84%), pulse or digital communications (83%),
pharmaceutical drugs or drug compounds (79%), and optics (77%).
You can view the report at: http://www.renewoureconomy.org/sites/all/themes/pnae/patent-pending.pdf