Over the years there have been calls for the UK to take action to prevent a drain of talent to elsewhere in the World - principally the US, but records maintained bt the World Intellectual Property Organisation depict a picture of the smaller, poorer nations being those who are losing out .
Whose brains are draining? Jul 1st 2015, 12:08 by THE DATA TEAM Timekeeper POOR countries often complain that their best minds are draining away—and for the most part they are right. The poorer the country, the larger the proportion of inventors who push off. Between 2007 and 2012, for example, 86% of Vietnam-born people who filed for patents did so while working outside Vietnam. By contrast, only 8% of Norwegian-born inventors were living outside Norway when they applied for patents. We know this because of the remarkably detailed records kept by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.