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Up to the Challenge: Careers in Science in the Midst of Drastic Change, According to Wysebridge Patent Bar Review
Date:2/13/2013

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 13, 2013

Wysebridge Patent Bar Review, a company that helps individuals with science and technology backgrounds, says the shifting global markets and impact on the USA patent and intellectual landscape is but one sign of changes in these sectors of the workplace. In general, USA has seen a stagnation in science and technology. One such indication of this is the issuance of patents: Once the leader in filing patents, Americans were awarded less patents last year (2012) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) than their foreign counterparts (non americans). This is the first record of such a shift. On top of this, other countries such as China and South Korea now outrank americans in numbers of graduate students in science and technology at USA universities, which is but a bi-product of an all but flat-lined trend of science and math scores in primary schools over the past 2 decades in the US.

Thus, the future of science in the U.S. is uncertain. While still boasting some of the best schools, hospitals, and research firms, there are a number of other factors that are pose immediate threats to further advancement. One of those factors, and perhaps the biggest, is money. In 2013, the White House increased the U.S. budget for research by 1.4%. Any increase is an increase right? But this apparent "increase" is already below the rate of inflation (currently around 2.5%). But perhaps more immediate is the repercussions from and of the Fiscal Cliff. Reverberations surrounding proposed budget cuts are still manifesting, as the instability is forcing companies, schools, lenders, to hold a little more tightly to their money. Perhaps more telling (and more staggering) is the almost fatal shrinking in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. In just 10 years, one single decade, the NI
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