WASHINGTON – The U.S. Commerce Department today released a comprehensive report entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” which finds that intellectual property-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars – or 34.8 percent of – U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).
“This first of its kind report shows that IP- intensive industries have a direct and significant impact on our nation’s economy and the creation of American jobs,” said Commerce Secretary John Bryson. “When Americans know that their ideas will be protected, they have greater incentive to pursue advances and technologies that help keep us competitive, and our businesses have the confidence they need to hire more workers. That is why this administration’s efforts to protect intellectual property, and modernize the patent and trademark system are so crucial to a 21st century economy that is built to last.”
While IP is used in virtually every segment of the U.S. economy, the report identifies the 75 industries that use patent, copyright or trademark protections most extensively. These “IP-intensive industries” are the source – directly or indirectly – of 40 million jobs. That’s more than a quarter of all the jobs in this country. Some of the most IP-intensive industries include: computer and peripheral equipment, audio and video equipment manufacturing, newspaper and book publishers, pharmaceutical and medicines, semiconductor and other electronic components, and the medical equipment space.
“Strong intellectual property protections encourage our businesses to pursue the next great idea, which is vital to maintaining America’s competitive edge and driving our overall prosperity,” said Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. “The report released today shows that wages for jobs in IP-intensive industries are higher than average and continue to increase, meaning that these jobs aren’t just important for businesses and entrepreneurs; they are important for working families. The IP protections we put in place today are helping support economic security for America’s middle class now and in the years to come.”
The report has several important findings, including:
“Every job in some way produces, supplies, consumes or relies on innovation, creativity and commercial distinctiveness,” said David Kappos, undersecretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. “America needs to continue investing in a high quality and appropriately balanced intellectual property system that will promote innovative, open and competitive markets while helping to ensure that the U.S. private sector remains America’s innovation engine.”
The report is a joint product of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).