America’s Cycles of Change

China Beats US in Annual Race to File Most New Patents

Sun, 27 November 2016

The United States is no longer the invention capital of the world – China is.

“China has become the first country to receive more than 1 million patent applications in a single year — a record the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said reflected “extraordinary” levels of innovation in the world’s most populous nation,” the Financial Times of London reported from Beijing on November 24.

According to WIPO, China’s patent office received 1,101,864 applications in 2015 from both domestic and foreign filers, accounting for almost 40 per cent of the global total and more than the next three countries — the US, Japan and Korea — combined, the report said.

I predicted this state of affairs in my 2012 book: That Should Still Be Us: How Thomas Friedman’s Flat World Fantasies are Keeping Us Flat on Our Backs (still available through

It is a direct consequence of the destruction of the manufacturing base in the United States and the rapid growth of China’s.

As I document in my 2012 book, industrial innovation comes first and foremost from industry and the factory floor. It is not a product of antiseptic intellectual laboratories.

For the same reason the great Fracking Revolution that revived the US oil and natural gas sectors in the past decade was developed in Heartland America, because it is still the greatest century of energy drilling and extraction industry and “heard” tech in the world.

I also document in my 2012 book another of the most important economic and industrial stories of the past 50 years: How US Vice President Al Gore’s witless “transparency” reforms in the 19980s gutted the US Patent Office and left it wide open to be plundered by industrial researcher s – they did not even have to bother spying – from across Northeast Asia.

Gore destroyed single-handed the legal system that had kept US industrial research and development the best in the world for 200 years since Thomas Jefferson invented it as Secretary of State in the 1790s.

The Financial Times also pointed out that it is already much cheaper to file for patents in China than in the United States and Japan: And that the quality of the million-a-year patents being filed there is improving at breathtaking speed.

The consequence of these developments is enormous. They confirm that the Flat World myths of the False Prophet Thomas Friedman, based on the 18th century ignorant inanities of Adam Smith and David Ricardo.

They also confirm that barring civil war on nuclear war, the industrial and therefore economic future of the world belongs to China.

China’s rise is now assured: Donald Trump’s surprise presidency marks the last possible chance to end and reverse America’s decline.