Where’s the Innovation?

Stats from Tom Friedman in an interview on MSNBC, regarding international patents from 1980 to 2000:

The 280 million citizens of Arab countries: 270 international patents
South Korea: 16,000 international patents
Hewlett-Packard: 11 international patents per day

Is there anyone who thinks this is insignificant?
What causes it?
How does it hurt these 280 million people?
Is so, how can it be remedied?

Steve Yastrow posted this on September 24, 2004, in News.
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