Businesses in state getting more patents

The number of businesses in Connecticut involved in high-tech innovation and the creation, distribution and performance of copyrighted material is on the rise, but needs strong intellectual property protection to be sustained, according to research released this week.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, which advocates innovation and global economic growth, released a state-by-state report showing that the number of Connecticut businesses involved in copyrighted works related to theaters, museums and studios grew to more than 9,500 in 2008, a 6.8 percent increase over 2007.

State innovators received 1,611 patents, ranking 18th in the nation in patents granted in 2007, the most recent year for which that data is available.

The software industry here employs nearly 1,600 people who earn more than $166 million in wages and the average high-tech worker makes about $78,900 per year, which is 41 percent more than Connecticut’s average private-sector wage, the report said.

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