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The Commonwealth @ Tuesday March 31, 2015

This week USPTO granted 83 utility, design, and plant patents to Virginia-based inventors. This is the work of 126 named inventors from 44 Commonwealth municipalities. These numbers are based on the Way Better Count method of tracking patents and inventors.

As of March 31, 2015, the year to date Way Better Count of all patents granted to Virginia-based inventors or companies shows 830 patents granted to Virginia inventors and 761 patents identified titleholders (assignees) who worked with inventors from the Commonwealth. Of the entities granted patents, 259 identified their location as being in Virginia.


From The Map Room

This Week

This week's heatmap of Virginia inventors. This week's heatmap of Virginia assignees.
The location and concentration of Virginia inventors (left) and Virginia companies, universities and entities (right) that received patents on March 31, 2015.

So Far This Year

The year-to-date heatmap of Virginia inventors. The year-to-date heatmap of Virginia assignees (titleholders).
The year-to-date location and concentration of Virginia inventors (left) and Virginia companies, universities and entities (right) that received patents as of March 31, 2015.

Box Scores

Official Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 48
      Chemical 8
      Electrical 26
      Mechanical 14
Design 4
Plant 0
Business Methods 20
Broad Business Methods 0
Life Sciences 10

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Official State Ranking
Rank State Count
1 California 943
2 New York 213
3 Texas 208
4 Washington 161
5 Massachusetts 152
16 Arizona 60
17 Virginia 52
18 Wisconsin 48

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Way Better Ranking
Rank State Count
1 California 1106
2 New York 281
3 Texas 264
4 Massachusetts 217
5 Washington 202
14 Colorado 90
15 Virginia 83
16 Arizona 79

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Way Better Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 79
      Chemical 18
      Electrical 46
      Mechanical 15
Design 4
Plant 0
Business Methods 31
Broad Business Methods 0
Life Sciences 16

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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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This Week's Patent Activity

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

Location, Location, Location

The Geography & Topology of Innovation

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Where does innovation takes place in Virginia? Who do these inventors, scientists, scholars and technologists work for? Who do Virginia 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 Inventions


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