Thursday, February 01, 2007

Immigrants are the backbone of US tech innovation

A recent study shows that foreign nationals living in the United States have the largest share of patent application filings in the United States. Chinese engineers were the largest group of patent filers, with 26.8% of filings, followed by Indians with 21%.

Ron Hira of IEEE (USA) and vice president of career services points out the contribution of foreign born engineers to the U.S. economy:

"One of the most important policy conclusions is that highly skilled immigrants play an important role in creating this intellectual property, and we want them to stay here," Hira said.

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