NSF Report - One in Five U.S. Businesses with R&D Applied for a U.S. Patent in 2008
According to the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS), one out of five U.S. companies with research and development applied for a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2008.
These companies applied for at least 136,751 U.S. patents and were issued at least 65,879 patents in 2008. Patents are a legal means used by inventors to exclude others from using their invention and are commonly used by economists as a proxy measure for one type of innovation output or success.
Because of the interest in measuring the output of R&D and other innovation-related activities, a number of questions pertaining to patents and other forms of intellectual property (IP) protection were included on BRDIS.
This InfoBrief presents summary findings from the 2008 BRDIS pilot survey on the patenting activity of U.S. businesses with R&D.