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The Commonwealth @ Tuesday October 20, 2015

This week USPTO granted 61 utility, design, and plant patents to Virginia-based inventors. This is the work of 98 named inventors from 47 Commonwealth 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 Virginia-based inventors or companies shows 1302 patents granted to Virginia inventors and 62 patents identified titleholders (assignees) who worked with inventors from the Commonwealth. Of the entities granted patents, 22 identified their location as being in Virginia.


From The Map Room

This Week

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

US Patent Box Scores

Official Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 35
      Chemical 6
      Electrical 21
      Mechanical 8
Design 3
Plant 0
Life Sciences 23
A: Human Necessities 4
B: Operations & Transport 2
C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 2
D: Textiles & Paper 1
E: Fixed Constructions 0
F: Mechanical Engineering 4
G: Physics 8
H: Electricity 14

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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
21 Connecticut 39
22 Virginia 38
23 Utah 28

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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
17 Maryland 62
18 Virginia 61
19 Connecticut 56

Way Better US Rank →

Way Better Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 58
      Chemical 11
      Electrical 36
      Mechanical 11
Design 3
Plant 0
Life Sciences 38
A: Human Necessities 9
B: Operations & Transport 2
C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 4
D: Textiles & Paper 1
E: Fixed Constructions 0
F: Mechanical Engineering 5
G: Physics 14
H: Electricity 23

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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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Cooperative Patent Classification Perspective

CPC to USPC Domain Harmonization
Official Count Way Better Count CPC Section Chemical Electrical Mechanical Total
4 9 A: Human Necessities 3 2 15 20
2 2 B: Operations & Transport 1 0 1 2
2 4 C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 8 0 0 8
1 1 D: Textiles & Paper 7 0 0 7
0 0 E: Fixed Constructions 0 0 0 0
4 5 F: Mechanical Engineering 0 3 5 8
8 14 G: Physics 0 14 4 18
14 23 H: Electricity 2 30 0 32
35 58 Total 21 49 25 95

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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

Where does innovation take place in Virginia? Who do these inventors, scientists, scholars and technologists earning patents this week 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 Patents


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