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2013 Patents

Official Count & Way Better Count

Two Views of Patent Production

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 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.
Official Count & Rank Way Better Count & Rank
Rank State Count 1 Rank State Count 2
1 CALIFORNIA 36,193 1 CALIFORNIA 45,794
2 TEXAS 9,222 2 NEW YORK 12,479
3 NEW YORK 8,489 3 TEXAS 12,301
4 MASSACHUSETTS 6,409 4 MASSACHUSETTS 9,479
5 WASHINGTON 5,878 5 WASHINGTON 7,942
6 MICHIGAN 5,119 6 NEW JERSEY 7,750
7 NEW JERSEY 4,717 7 ILLINOIS 7,130
8 ILLINOIS 4,644 8 MICHIGAN 6,724
9 MINNESOTA 4,292 9 PENNSYLVANIA 6,405
10 PENNSYLVANIA 3,961 10 FLORIDA 5,915
11 FLORIDA 3,953 11 MINNESOTA 5,828
12 OHIO 3,689 12 OHIO 5,536
13 NORTH CAROLINA 3,143 13 NORTH CAROLINA 4,726
14 COLORADO 2,793 14 COLORADO 4,149
15 GEORGIA 2,505 15 GEORGIA 3,697
16 ARIZONA 2,225 16 CONNECTICUT 3,550
17 CONNECTICUT 2,168 17 OREGON 3,485
18 OREGON 2,164 18 WISCONSIN 3,449
19 WISCONSIN 2,025 19 ARIZONA 3,225
20 INDIANA 1,921 20 VIRGINIA 3,011
21 VIRGINIA 1,886 21 INDIANA 2,891
22 MARYLAND 1,748 22 MARYLAND 2,841
23 UTAH 1,228 23 MISSOURI 2,016
24 MISSOURI 1,184 24 UTAH 1,753
25 KANSAS 1,018 25 NEW HAMPSHIRE 1,618
26 TENNESSEE 1,003 26 TENNESSEE 1,499
27 IDAHO 992 27 KANSAS 1,406
28 IOWA 933 28 IOWA 1,332
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 873 29 SOUTH CAROLINA 1,332
30 NEVADA 840 30 NEVADA 1,259
31 NEW HAMPSHIRE 822 31 IDAHO 1,208
32 KENTUCKY 553 32 KENTUCKY 902
33 OKLAHOMA 548 33 DELAWARE 849
34 VERMONT 529 34 VERMONT 821
35 ALABAMA 503 35 ALABAMA 796
36 DELAWARE 453 36 OKLAHOMA 789
37 NEW MEXICO 443 37 NEW MEXICO 673
38 LOUISIANA 395 38 RHODE ISLAND 673
39 RHODE ISLAND 321 39 LOUISIANA 594
40 NEBRASKA 307 40 NEBRASKA 446
41 MAINE 234 41 MAINE 365
42 MISSISSIPPI 161 42 ARKANSAS 311
43 ARKANSAS 159 43 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 290
44 WEST VIRGINIA 145 44 MISSISSIPPI 288
45 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 133 45 HAWAII 287
46 SOUTH DAKOTA 129 46 WEST VIRGINIA 241
47 HAWAII 125 47 SOUTH DAKOTA 216
48 MONTANA 118 48 MONTANA 192
49 WYOMING 113 49 WYOMING 183
50 NORTH DAKOTA 111 50 NORTH DAKOTA 179
51 ALASKA 46 51 ALASKA 98
52 PUERTO RICO 19 52 PUERTO RICO 32
53 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 6 53 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 7
54 GUAM 3 54 GUAM 4
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