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Global innovation gap closing, study says

A study released in PLOS One has said that the global 'innovation gap' between rich and poor countries is closing—but mainly because of fast-growing China and India.

Finnish researchers argue in the paper, published on 7 April, that the capacity of countries and major regions to create new technology has become more equal between 1990 and 2010, but that the very poorest countries are still falling behind.

The study analysed 2.9 million patents against population data to conclude that whilst the gap is closing, this is mainly due to growth in India and China, and the least-developed countries are actually falling even further behind.

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