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The State @ Tuesday October 20, 2015

This week USPTO granted 182 utility, design, and plant patents to Washington-based inventors. This is the work of 565 named inventors from 52 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 Washington-based inventors or companies shows 3429 patents granted to Washington inventors and 133 patents identified titleholders (assignees) who worked with inventors from the State. Of the entities granted patents, 74 identified their location as being in Washington.


From The Map Room

This Week

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

So Far This Year

The year-to-date heatmap of Washington inventors. The year-to-date heatmap of Washington assignees (titleholders).
The year-to-date location and concentration of Washington inventors (left) and Washington 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 131
      Chemical 9
      Electrical 105
      Mechanical 17
Design 21
Plant 0
Life Sciences 75
A: Human Necessities 12
B: Operations & Transport 9
C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 3
D: Textiles & Paper 1
E: Fixed Constructions 0
F: Mechanical Engineering 1
G: Physics 66
H: Electricity 39

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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
3 New York 192
4 Washington 152
5 Massachusetts 128

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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
4 Massachusetts 195
5 Washington 182
6 Michigan 146

Way Better US Rank →

Way Better Count
Patents by Type Count
Total Utility 161
      Chemical 14
      Electrical 124
      Mechanical 23
Design 21
Plant 0
Life Sciences 91
A: Human Necessities 13
B: Operations & Transport 11
C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 6
D: Textiles & Paper 1
E: Fixed Constructions 0
F: Mechanical Engineering 2
G: Physics 76
H: Electricity 52

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
12 13 A: Human Necessities 4 5 15 24
9 11 B: Operations & Transport 9 0 30 39
3 6 C: Chemistry & Metallurgy 13 0 1 14
1 1 D: Textiles & Paper 0 0 3 3
0 0 E: Fixed Constructions 0 0 0 0
1 2 F: Mechanical Engineering 0 2 1 3
66 76 G: Physics 8 224 9 241
39 52 H: Electricity 3 150 1 154
131 161 Total 37 381 60 478

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This Week's Patent Activity

An overview of this week's patent grants to Washington-based inventors, companies and other entities based in Washington; and patents granted to entities outside Washington 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 Washington? Who do these inventors, scientists, scholars and technologists earning patents this week work for? Who do Washington 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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