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2013 Patents

The USPTO Count — By State and Rank

The USPTO Official Count of patents assigns patents to a state based on the residence of the first named inventor on the patent. If a US patent has inventors from more than one state, only the state of residence of the first named inventor on the patent is credited with a patent. The USPTO approach doesn't provide insight into the level of collaboration and cross-border inventorship in 21st Century inventive activity.
The Way Better Patent Count looks at all inventors on a patent and credits a state with a patent if any of the inventors come from that state. The Way Better Count provides insight into how many patents a particular US State's inventors participated in. This count also provides a look at the growth in 21st Century collaboration and cross-border inventorship.
Rank Origin 2013  All Years
1963—2013
Rank State Count
Total, U.S. And Foreign Origin 277,835 5,523,182
Subtotal US Origin 133,593 3,091,664
Subtotal Foreign Origin 144,242 2,431,518
1 CALIFORNIA 36,193 576,836 35 ALABAMA 503
2 TEXAS 9,222 186,477 51 ALASKA 46
3 NEW YORK 8,489 253,443 16 ARIZONA 2,225
4 MASSACHUSETTS 6,409 133,390 43 ARKANSAS 159
5 WASHINGTON 5,878 73,717 1 CALIFORNIA 36,193
6 MICHIGAN 5,119 150,216 58 CANAL ZONE 0
7 NEW JERSEY 4,717 173,478 14 COLORADO 2,793
8 ILLINOIS 4,644 167,827 17 CONNECTICUT 2,168
9 MINNESOTA 4,292 85,572 36 DELAWARE 453
10 PENNSYLVANIA 3,961 154,897 45 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 133
11 FLORIDA 3,953 84,173 11 FLORIDA 3,953
12 OHIO 3,689 142,891 15 GEORGIA 2505
13 NORTH CAROLINA 3,143 54,458 54 GUAM 3
14 COLORADO 2,793 52,534 47 HAWAII 125
15 GEORGIA 2,505 39,843 27 IDAHO 992
16 ARIZONA 2,225 45,857 8 ILLINOIS 4,644
17 CONNECTICUT 2,168 77,948 20 INDIANA 1,921
18 OREGON 2,164 40,945 28 IOWA 933
19 WISCONSIN 2,025 61,599 25 KANSAS 1,018
20 INDIANA 1,921 58,232 32 KENTUCKY 553
21 VIRGINIA 1,886 42,393 38 LOUISIANA 395
22 MARYLAND 1,748 53,261 41 MAINE 234
23 UTAH 1,228 21,260 22 MARYLAND 1,748
24 MISSOURI 1,184 35,645 4 MASSACHUSETTS 6,409
25 KANSAS 1,018 17,021 6 MICHIGAN 5,119
26 TENNESSEE 1,003 27,108 9 MINNESOTA 4,292
27 IDAHO 992 25,907 42 MISSISSIPPI 161
28 IOWA 933 23,843 24 MISSOURI 1,184
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 873 18,937 48 MONTANA 118
30 NEVADA 8,40 9,999 40 NEBRASKA 307
31 NEW HAMPSHIRE 822 17,661 30 NEVADA 840
32 KENTUCKY 553 17,090 31 NEW HAMPSHIRE 822
33 OKLAHOMA 548 30,479 7 NEW JERSEY 4,717
34 VERMONT 529 10,365 37 NEW MEXICO 443
35 ALABAMA 503 14,244 3 NEW YORK 8,489
36 DELAWARE 453 20,895 13 NORTH CAROLINA 3,143
37 NEW MEXICO 443 10,634 50 NORTH DAKOTA 111
38 LOUISIANA 395 18,245 56 NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS 0
39 RHODE ISLAND 321 10,438 12 OHIO 3,689
40 NEBRASKA 307 7,709 33 OKLAHOMA 548
41 MAINE 234 5,138 18 OREGON 2,164
42 MISSISSIPPI 161 5,130 10 PENNSYLVANIA 3,961
43 ARKANSAS 159 5,429 52 PUERTO RICO 19
44 WEST VIRGINIA 145 7,478 39 RHODE ISLAND 321
45 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 133 4,247 29 SOUTH CAROLINA 873
46 SOUTH DAKOTA 129 2,480 46 SOUTH DAKOTA 129
47 HAWAII 125 2,881 26 TENNESSEE 1,003
48 MONTANA 118 3,883 2 TEXAS 9,222
49 WYOMING 113 2,159 57 U.S. PACIFIC ISLANDS 0
50 NORTH DAKOTA 111 2,738 55 U.S. UNSPECIFIED REGION 2
51 ALASKA 46 1,448 53 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 6
52 PUERTO RICO 19 1,007 23 UTAH 1,228
53 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 6 100 34 VERMONT 529
54 GUAM 3 28 21 VIRGINIA 1,886
55 U.S. UNSPECIFIED REGION 2 43 5 WASHINGTON 5,878
56 NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS 0 2 44 WEST VIRGINIA 145
57 U.S. PACIFIC ISLANDS 0 2 19 WISCONSIN 2,025
58 CANAL ZONE 0 4 49 WYOMING 113
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