Bureau of Economic Affairs/U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus” (2012)
The entire U.S. economy relies on some form of IP because virtually every industry either produces or uses it. The report identified 75 industries (from among 313 total) as IP-intensive. These IP-intensive industries directly accounted for 27.1-million American jobs in 2010, or 18.8% of all employment in the economy. The vast majority were in the 60 trademark-intensive industries (which included 22.6 million jobs in 2010).