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China and South Korea lead BRICKs in scientific output and patent activity

VU International News and Reviews No. 02 March 25 2013

March 2013

China and South Korea outpace the rest of the BRICK nations in key innovation metrics, according to new research published today by the Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. The report, “Building Bricks:  Exploring the Global Research Impact of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea,” tracks global research publications, R&D spend and patent filings over a 10-year period to gauge benchmarks of economic innovation in the BRICK countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Korea. The full report can be obtained through
Some key observations:

  • China’s and South Korea’s R&D Investments Soar
  • China, South Korea Contribute to Global Patent Surge
  • BRICKs Increase Scientific Research
  • Russia Excels in Physical Sciences
  • India Leads in Pharmaceutical Innovation
  • Brazil in Petroleum and Agriculture Chemicals
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