Staying Ahead or Falling Behind?
You often hear talk about the U.S. falling behind in this area or that area. Is it true or simply being mentioned by those who haven’t really done their research?
One critical measure of forward progress is innovation, which can be concretely measured by the number of patents filed per country.
On that score, the U.S. is the indisputable leader, and no other country is even close.
This infographic shows that the U.S., at 3.03 million patents filed between 1977 and 2015, is almost 3 times as prolific as the next country, Japan. In fact, just the state of California itself outweighs all other countries but Japan!
So before you get all worried about whether we can maintain our status as the global economic leader, keep this picture in mind.