Innovation and Technology Plan Updates October 2010
Europe’s Innovation Strategy
The Innovation Union has set out a comprehensive innovation strategy for Europe. The resulting policies are designed to:
make Europe into a world-class science performer;
revolutionize the way public and private sectors work together, notably through Innovation Partnerships; and
remove bottlenecks – like expensive patenting, market fragmentation, slow standard setting and skill shortages - that currently prevent ideas getting quickly to market
Business Innovation Survey
Preliminary data from the National Science Foundation’s 2008 Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) provide a map of the incidence of innovation by businesses located in the United States.
About 22% of the manufacturing companies introduced product innovations (one or more new or significantly improved good or service) and about 22% introduced process innovations (one or more new or significantly improved method for manufacturing or production; logistics, delivery, or distribution; support activities). In comparison, about 8% of companies in the nonmanufacturing sector were product innovators and 8% were process innovators. Some parts of the nonmanufacturing sectors of information and professional/scientific/technical services had much higher rates of innovation, up to 77%.