Are Europeans less innovative than Americans since WW2?


Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
San Antonio, Tx
Bah ... they didn't invented the beer.

What's the use to invent hundred of things if You fail to invent the essential ???
Since I don’t drink beer, I don’t view it as “essential in any way, shape or form”.

deaf tuner

Ad Honoris
Oct 2013
How can you doubt the greatness of a nation that invented the minisikirt and bungee jumping?
You cannot fully enjoy a miniskirt without a beer on board!

Remember what Yourself said about impractical and practical patents?

ok - I'll stop here detouring the thread with stupid jokes.


Forum Staff
Oct 2011
Italy, Lago Maggiore
This thread suffers of a mindless approach to the matter of post WW II European migration towards US: the most inventive Europeans migrated to US ...


Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
The story of APC [Office of Alien Property Custodian] during World War II is one of the most interesting and unusual chapters in U.S. patent history. Charged with securing enemy-owned and controlled property, the APC with remarkable speed and efficiency identified, seized and organized nearly 50,000 patents and patent applications in just under 12 months. It indirectly controlled thousands more owned by nationalized businesses. Its authority was broad and powerful: it seized patents owned by enemy nationals, nationals of enemy-occupied countries and, in some circumstances, even American citizens residing in theU.S. However, its power was not absolute; there were inventors who successfully reclaimed seized patents. The APC’s vast patent portfolio, the largest in the U.S., continued to grow during the war as the Patent Office issued new patents based on vested applications. President Roosevelt’s decision to license seized patents to American industry turned the APC from a patent holder to a patent promoter. The APC undertook a nationwide information dissemination campaign in support of the president’s policy. - U.S. Alien Property Custodian Patent Documents: A Legacy Prior Art Collection from World War II. - Part 1, History. - PDF

If the Nazis saw minorities as potential customers and not as trash, then it would have been a technological powerhouse and Albert Einstein would have worked for Hitler. But the Nazi's loss was the US' gain.