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

March 17, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — 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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