Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Inventive Eindhoven

It is only one metric but worthy of note, based on the statistic of ‘patent intensity’ Eindhoven is the most inventive city in the world. According to a recent press report citing the OECD the city of Eindhoven produced 22.6 patents per 10,000 residents with second place San Diego generating 8.9 patents per 10,000 residents. No UK or Japanese city is in the list of the world’s 15 most inventive cities, which is dominated by those in the US (six cities), Germany (three cities) and Sweden (three cities). Brainport Eindhoven is the home to many high technology organisations and focuses on five spearhead sectors: Automotive, Design, Food, High Tech Systems & Materials and LifeTec.

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