Immigrants produce the majority of U.S. patents, report says

A recent study found more that immigrants were involved in three-quarters of patents from the United States top 10 patent-producing universities, including MIT, Stanford and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported the newspaper San Francisco Chronicle.
The study “Patent Pending: How Immigrants Are Reinventing The American Economy”  found that almost 1,500 patents awarded to top 10 patent-producing universities in the United States had inventors from 88 different countries.
The study was put out by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a group of 450 mayors and CEOs that pushes for immigration reform; the group is chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Its members, including Steve Ballmer of Microsoft and Bill Marriott Jr. of Marriott International, have been known to complain about how the government’s immigration policies hinder their companies’ ability to bring highly skilled workers into the country.
The group wants to lift the cap on H-1B visas, but they also have another interesting idea that is gaining traction in Congress: a special “startup” visa for immigrants who create companies and a certain number of jobs in the United States.


About tanialara

Tania Lara has a vast experience working as a journalist in Mexico and the U.S. reporting in-depth about the economic contributions and realities of Mexican immigrants. This summer, she will be covering border issues and elections for the 21st Century Border Initiative blog. Her stories about complex cross border matters have been published in Spanish-language media outlets including CNN México, Expansión, and ¡Ahora Sí!, as well as the English-language newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.
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