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Bureau of Economic Affairs/U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus” (2012)

Industries that depend heavily on their intellectual property (IP) accounted for about $5.06 trillion in value added in 2010, or 34.8% of U.S. GDP. IP-intensive industries directly supported 27.1-million jobs, either on their payrolls or under employment contracts, these sectors also indirectly supported 12.9 million more supply-chain jobs throughout the economy. In total, 40.0-million jobs, or 27.7% of all jobs, were directly or indirectly attributable to the most IP-intensive industries. Merchandise exports of IP-intensive industries totaled $775 billion in 2010, accounting for 60.7% of total U.S. merchandise exports.