Intel leads patent race

Intel researcher Robert Chau receives a record 200th patent, with 67 more on the way.

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Intel researcher Robert Chau received his 200th patent this year — the highest of any Intel employee — and has 67 more on the way.

Oregon inventors earn more than 2,000 patents a year, and researchers such as Chau have helped push Intel to the top of the list, over Hewlett-Packard and other technology innovators.

But the same recession that has sapped Oregon’s high-tech employment is evidently taking a toll on its research: Patent applications fell 13% last year, and are down 26% from 2006.

Even so, only seven states receive more patents than Oregon does on a per capita basis.

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