Black scientists average 1,000 patents yearly

Almost 5,000 academic and industry scientists who are African-American gained patents over a five year period, according to Silicon Ceiling 10: Equal Opportunity and High Technology, and 68,000 generated scholarly publications.

Five thousand published more than 20 times between 1998 and 2003, including 2,200 on university campuses and 3,000 in private industry.

One of the purposes of the annual report is to raise the visibility of African-American technical accomplishment for policymakers and investment managers.

On campuses, 400 African-American scientists gained at least one patent and in private business, 4,400 gained at least one patent.