July 4, 2012
A new study has revealed that foreign students and researchers file 76 percent of patents at America’s top universities.
The study, released Tuesday, follows another recently published report that found that US immigrants are more likely to start a business than non-immigrants. The Partnership for a New American Economy, the group that conducted the study, claims that the US is losing out on keeping highly skilled foreigners in the country because of their strict immigration rules.
The group used data from 10 universities producing the most patents in 2011 and found that a majority of them were from foreign students. Patents granted to universities accounted for less than two percent of the 244,341 patents granted in 2010. The majority of patents are granted to corporations and government organisations.