Recession's latest victim: U.S. innovation
Dec 15, 2009, 15:02 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Goldman)
Full Text Search: The Key to Better Natural Language Queries for NoSQL in Node.js
[ Thanks to jhansonxi for this link.
"NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- U.S. innovation slowed this
year for the first time in 13 years as the recession cut into
budgets, and costs to protect inventions rose.
"The number of patent filings in the United States fell 2.3% in
2009 to 485,500 from 496,886 last year, according to a preliminary
estimate by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. That makes 2009
the first year since 1996 in which businesses and inventors filed
fewer patents year over year.
""That's unfortunate because [patent filings] are a reflection
of innovation," said David Kappos, director of the Patent Office.
"Innovation creates so many jobs and so much opportunity for our
country. It is absolutely key to our long-term success in the
"At the same time, U.S. patents issued to inventors and
businesses in foreign nations jumped 6.3% for the year. That's a
worry for Silicon Valley, which has been a global leader for
- Zemlin: 'Industry transformation depends on Linux' (Q&A)(Dec 10, 2009)
- Litigation Utah-Style - the Hatch-Jenson (Robbins) Connection - Updated(Dec 09, 2009)
- The Anatomy of a Modern GPL Violation(Dec 09, 2009)
- Canadian Recording Industry Faces $60 Billion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit(Dec 08, 2009)
- Comes Exhibit 2151 - Gates: "I have decided we should not publish these extensions." - Updated(Dec 01, 2009)
- Patents Roundup: Bilski, USPTO and Justice for the Rich Only; "Community" Patent(Nov 24, 2009)
- An Explanation of Computation Theory for Lawyers(Nov 13, 2009)
- Pink Army Cooperative Uses Open Source Principles to Treat Breast Cancer(Nov 04, 2009)
- Mono and Samba: smell the difference, says Allison(Oct 17, 2009)
- Eolas might just sue every last, lousy company in creation(Oct 09, 2009)