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Patent backlog hinders nation's job creation

February 3, 2011
Article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with interesting numbers. 

Highlights:
-Many of the missing jobs - hundres of thousands or possibly millions - are buried under the backlog of 1.2 million unprocessed patent applicatoins that have accumulated over the past 10 years at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

-A single U.S. patent can create three to ten jobs. 

-Nothaft estimates more than 2 million new jobs are buried in the backlog

-"Innovation is our competitve advantage... It's not manufacturing costs.  It's not labor costs.  It's innovation and our ability to protect those innovations and turn those innovations into products."