Past Author for: Wiley (LuLu) and Thompson-Reuters
Valerie Atkinson Brown and Walter Criley
China not threat in Patent Wars
Is there concern about China’s threat on patents and manufacturing? Think again. Since China has news media coverage concerning manufacturing. there is an intense focus on China. However, patent and entrepreneurial engines place the U.S. in the spotlight. Are real patent contenders South Korea, Japan and Germany? Or does China lead – or does the U.S.?
The America Invents Act will not change research & development or entrepreneurial effort. Though previously “the patent system is broken” was heard many times. Yet it may be fixed and faster than imagined.
2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
US 77502 82382 107792 108626 1789155
JAPAN 33682 35501 44813 46139 720852
GER 8914 9000 12363 11920 223935
S. KOR. 7548 8762 11671 12262 90403
Where are U. S. patents coming from? According to The Kauffman Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, professionals over 35 years old compose about 80% of the entrepreneurship activity in 2009. The Kauffman Foundation went deeper and conducted a survey of 549 startups operating in high-growth industries — including aerospace, defense, health care, computers and semiconductors. Survey results showed that professionals over 45 are twice as likely to launch startups in the same industries.
States with Research Parks:
Texas - 5
California - 4
Illinois - 5
Washington State - 2
New York -7
LA - 6
Why is the U.S. patent production slowing? While historically the U.S. has been infatuated with the MBAs economic and monetary skills, the U.S. is just getting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives in place. South Korea, Germany and Japan fully embrace STEM– making science go beyond the semiconductor. The Koreans as well as Japanese fully endorse STEM technology efforts.
Yes, the right ideas start with STEM, research & development. The biggest issue is remains: execution.
- Sources WIPO World Intellectual Property Organization.
- U.S. Patent AND Trademark Office
- Kaufman Foundation, Kansas City, MO
(Note: This are a wide disparity about these patent numbers amongst countries. Many times they were hard to specify. These figures gives a solid foundation)