The linked article titled “America Rules the Innovation World”, presents a n surprising view of the United State’s leadership in the global tech, social and cultural transformation I have previously described as the “Space Renaissance in this blog. In the article, they show that the USA, Japan and Germany lead the world in patent creation up to 2015. More interesting is the fact that leading countries in patent creation are democracies with strong civil and human rights, as well as being safe places to live with strong rule of law.
Interconnectedness, which I’ve also written about here, is also a key element in the issue of innovation, for it allows cross-pollination of ideas and insights across borders and language barriers. And, more importantly, interconnectedness helps innovators find the best places in which to develop their ideas and be successful. In a brief and unscientific analysis, I observe that though Japan has better Internet connectivity than the USA, it does not have the huge diversity of peoples in its Universities, businesses and research institutions that characterizes the USA.
You might ask what the importance of having more patents is, and I would have to point out the great advantage in terms of what used to be “balance of trade” issues, since foreign countries that use the US’s patents must pay licensing fees to use these innovations. The same situation exists for another country’s patents, and this means that a country can make money from licensing instead of simply manufacturing. In addition, more and more countries are enforcing patent protections because they realize that innovators prefer living in places where their ideas can produce multiple streams of income for them.
So now I suggest we all strive to be innovators, to get copyrights and patents for our creations and so help our country’s economy grow as the world changes before our eyes. Patents are not easy (nor cheap) to get, while copyrights are much simpler, but your application for a patent or copyright alone will serve to give you some legal protection as you innovate and create the future! So lets go for it!