Foreign Inventors Have Hand in Most Patents From Top Universities

Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2012

Most patents that come out of major American universities have at least one foreign-born creator, according to a new study aimed at fostering changes to the U.S. immigration system.

The report from the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group of mayors and business leaders supportive of immigration reform, calls for action to help the U.S. economy by ensuring that foreigners who come to study here are able to stay, become entrepreneurs and succeed in business and innovation.

The group said that university research is crucial for the U.S. to stay ahead in science and technology and added that “from 1980 to 2010, more than 6,000 new companies were created to commercialize research conducted at U.S. universities.”

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