Foreigners Got 45% of U.S. Patents in '86

Associated Press

Foreign inventors received nearly half the patents granted by the United States last year, the Patent and Trademark Office reported Monday.

Japan was the leading country for non-U.S. patent recipients, followed by West Germany.

Overall, foreign inventors collected 34,859 patents, or 45% of all those issued by the United States during 1986. In 1961-65, foreigners averaged only about 17% of U.S. patents annually.

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