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There are two different ways to look at and count patents. The Official Approach — 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. This worked great when all of the inventors lived in the same area and worked in the same lab. Today's cross-border collaborations among inventors, product developers and businesses is more diverse. We use this count for the weekly scorecards and box scores.
A Way Better Approach — 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 and who is working with whom. This is important when you look for new pockets of innovation, when companies make decisions about where to look for talent or to establish new outposts. It is also an important element in understanding the scientific presence profiles in different locations around the US and around the world. We use this count for our weekly state-by-state, town-by-town digests.
Why We Report Both — Both counts are included to enable you to reference the patent data the way the government publishes it. This is helpful when looking at information from other government agencies and for looking at older academic research on inventions, patents, and innovations which uses the official USPTO approach. It also makes it easier to provide context when explaining why there is more going on than people think. Even California, the US patent powerhouse, has significantly more patents to its credit when you count all of the patents where an inventor identified as being in the state are counted.
Learn more about The Way Better Approach to data and how we look at patents and intellectual property.
The Link-O-Matics are lists of useful and helpful links from around the web. They add additional context to an article, point you to source documents and references to Federal Register notices, policy documents, a
nd other important background documents.Link Decay — We do our best to make sure all of our links work. External links can decay. We check them everytime we build our site index but sometimes they pop up anyway. If you hit a bad link let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll fix it either with a new link or by removing the dead one.
Resources & Tools
The Databank Link-O-Matic can assist you in navigating the Way Better Patents Box Scores and Scorecards. Just Click the Wrench at the top of the page to go straight to the Resources & Tool page.
There are lots of thoughtful and complex academic articles and reports from around the patentsphere that provide important commentary on important issues impacting intellectual property, inventions, innovations, and patents. Many of them become the stuff of urban legend like how many patents cover smartphones, the economic loss due to patent litigation by non-practicing entities, and the impact of asymmetric information on patent licensing negotiations that take place under the deep dark cover of non-disclosure agreements. We add the links to these important and provocative articles so you can make up your own mind. We agree with some of these and not with others. Read the articles and make your own decisions.