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The State @ Tuesday October 20, 2015

This week USPTO granted 146 utility, design, and plant patents to Michigan-based inventors. This is the work of 352 named inventors from 123 State municipalities. These numbers are based on the Way Better Count method of tracking patents and inventors.

As of October 20, 2015, the year to date Way Better Count of all patents granted to Michigan-based inventors or companies shows 2780 patents granted to Michigan inventors and 130 patents identified titleholders (assignees) who worked with inventors from the State. Of the entities granted patents, 95 identified their location as being in Michigan.


From The Map Room

This Week

This week's patent heatmap of Michigan inventors. This week's patent heatmap of Michigan patent owners (assignees).
The location and concentration of Michigan inventors (left) and Michigan companies, universities and entities (right) that received patents on October 20, 2015.

So Far This Year

The year-to-date heatmap of Michigan inventors. The year-to-date heatmap of Michigan assignees (titleholders).
The year-to-date location and concentration of Michigan inventors (left) and Michigan companies, universities and entities (right) that received patents as of October 20, 2015.

US Patent Box Scores

Official Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 103
      Chemical 16
      Electrical 34
      Mechanical 53
Design 20
Plant 2
Life Sciences 39
A: Human Necessities 9
B: Operations & Transport 36
C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 4
D: Textiles & Paper 0
E: Fixed Constructions 4
F: Mechanical Engineering 24
G: Physics 14
H: Electricity 12

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Official State Ranking
Rank State Count
1 California 918
2 Texas 218
3 New York 192
4 Washington 152
5 Massachusetts 128
5 Massachusetts 128
6 Michigan 125
7 Illinois 107

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Way Better Ranking
Rank State Count
1 California 1070
2 Texas 265
3 New York 257
4 Massachusetts 195
5 Washington 182
5 Washington 182
6 Michigan 146
7 Illinois 145

Way Better US Rank →

Way Better Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 121
      Chemical 20
      Electrical 41
      Mechanical 60
Design 23
Plant 2
Life Sciences 46
A: Human Necessities 12
B: Operations & Transport 39
C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 5
D: Textiles & Paper 0
E: Fixed Constructions 5
F: Mechanical Engineering 28
G: Physics 18
H: Electricity 14

US Inventors →

Official count and ranking are based on the First-Named Inventor on the patent. The Way Better count and ranking are based on all inventors on the patent.

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Cooperative Patent Classification Perspective

CPC to USPC Domain Harmonization
Official Count Way Better Count CPC Section Chemical Electrical Mechanical Total
9 12 A: Human Necessities 9 2 9 20
36 39 B: Operations & Transport 16 22 63 101
4 5 C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 13 0 0 13
0 0 D: Textiles & Paper 0 0 0 0
4 5 E: Fixed Constructions 0 1 7 8
24 28 F: Mechanical Engineering 4 13 74 91
14 18 G: Physics 1 41 0 42
12 14 H: Electricity 9 14 5 28
103 121 Total 52 93 158 303

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This Week's Patent Activity

An overview of this week's patent grants to Michigan-based inventors, companies and other entities based in Michigan; and patents granted to entities outside Michigan where an inventor from the State was identified on the patent.

Location, Location, Location

The Geography & Topology of Innovation

Where does innovation take place in Michigan? Who do these inventors, scientists, scholars and technologists earning patents this week work for? Who do Michigan businesses collaborate with around the globe? In today's information-based innovation economy global co-inventorship and cross-border collaboration is increasingly important.


Innovation Snapshot

A Look at This Week's Inventions

This Week's Featured Patents


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