This map (produced by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization) shows the migratory patterns for the immigrant inventor community. As you can see the United States is a top destination for these highly skilled, valuable, innovative, creative folks. Let’s keep welcoming them!
With immigration as a focus of the current presidential campaigns in the United States, this map is a reminder of the tremendous value and contribution of many foreign-born individuals who immigrate to the United States.
“Not throwing away my shot” is one of the refrains in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda… and could be the theme music for the map and this post. (Reminder: Alexander Hamilton was an immigrant.)
This map is part of a report published by WIPO in May 2013 titled, Measuring the International Mobility of Inventors: A New Database, Working Paper No. 8. The report is available at: http://www.wipo.int/edocs/pubdocs/en/wipo_pub_econstat_wp_8.pdf
BY: Vanessa Kaster, Esq., LL.M.
See also: U.S. Patent Statistics Chart Calendar Years 1963-2015 at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm; hear the song “Not throwing away my shot” from the musical Hamilton and read the lyrics at http://genius.com/Lin-manuel-miranda-my-shot-lyrics; @iplegalfreebies and www.kasterlegal.com.