IFI CLAIMS 2011 US Patent Rankings by State

Rankings were compiled using USPTO source data curated by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. We analyzed US utility grants for 2011 and attributed those patents to different US States based on the existence of at least one inventor from that State. Patents can be counted more than once if there are multiple inventors from different States.

Rank State No. of 2011 Utility Grants Population (2009)* Patents per 100,000 residents
1 California 32,715 36,961,664 88.51
2 Texas 9,407 24,782,302 37.96
3 New York 9,263 19,541,453 47.4
4 Massachusetts 7,106 6,593,587 107.77
5 Washington 5,737 6,664,195 86.09
6 New Jersey 5,583 8,707,739 64.12
7 Illinois 4,933 12,910,409 38.21
8 Pennsylvania 4,746 12,604,767 37.65
9 Michigan 4,644 9,969,727 46.58
10 Minnesota 4,609 5,266,214 87.52
11 Ohio 4,030 11,542,645 34.91
12 Florida 3,861 18,537,969 20.83
13 North Carolina 3,715 9,380,884 39.6
14 Colorado 2,783 5,024,748 55.39
15 Connecticut 2,776 3,518,288 78.9
16 Arizona 2,613 6,595,778 39.62
17 Oregon 2,575 3,825,657 67.31
18 Georgia 2,504 9,829,211 25.48
19 Wisconsin 2,456 5,654,774 43.43
20 Virginia 2,366 7,882,590 30.02
21 Maryland 2,249 5,699,478 39.46
22 Indiana 1,977 6,423,113 30.78
23 Missouri 1,359 5,987,580 22.7
24 New Hampshire 1,295 1,324,575 97.77
25 Utah 1,290 2,784,572 46.33
26 Tennessee 1,280 6,296,254 20.33
27 Idaho 1,174 1,545,801 75.95
28 Iowa 1,008 3,007,856 33.51
29 South Carolina 946 4,561,242 20.74
30 Kansas 888 2,818,747 31.5
31 Vermont 709 621,760 114.03
32 Delaware 702 885,122 79.31
33 Nevada 700 2,643,085 26.48
34 Kentucky 678 4,314,113 15.72
35 Oklahoma 633 3,687,050 17.17
36 New Mexico 529 2,009,671 26.32
37 Alabama 515 4,708,708 10.94
38 Rhode Island 487 1,053,209 46.24
39 Louisiana 433 4,492,076 9.64
40 Maine 268 1,318,301 20.33
41 Nebraska 261 1,796,619 14.53
42 Mississippi 238 2,951,996 8.06
43 District of Columbia 231 599,657 38.52
44 Arkansas 185 2,889,450 6.4
45 West Virginia 181 1,819,777 9.95
46 Hawaii 155 1,295,178 11.97
47 Montana 147 974,989 15.08
48 South Dakota 133 812,383 16.37
49 North Dakota 122 646,844 18.86
50 Wyoming 105 544,270 19.29
51 Alaska 44 698,473 6.3
52 Puerto Rico 31 3,958,128 0.78
53 Virgin Islands 4 108,612 3.68
54 Guam 1 178,000 0.56

* Population data is from the US Census Bureau and is based on the resident population for 2009. Guam, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are based on 2009 estimates found either at the Census Bureau or Wikipedia.