Japan's Patent Power

The United States is still the world leader in patents but Japan's resurgence is the big news in the 2010 IEEE Spectrum Patent Power Scorecard

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The deep recession is already taking a toll on the longstanding U.S. lead in inventions, according to IEEE Spectrum's annual patent scorecard. The United States is still ahead in aerospace and defense, biotech and pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and computer systems and software. Japan has a strong lead, though, in automotive, computer peripherals, chemicals, semiconductor equipment, and electronics. IEEE Spectrum's This Week in Technology host Steven Cherry talks to PhD statistician Patrick Thomas, co-author of the 2010 scorecard.

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