RI Trails Most of New England in Developing Patents and Local Colleges Lag Their Peers

Monday, January 21, 2019

 

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RI ranks 24th

Rhode Island is quite average for developing patents per capita in America -- ranked 24th in the country, but in New England, it ranks only above Maine for developing intellectual property.

By contrast, per capita, Massachusetts not only ranks second only to California in the country in developing patents, but some of its top universities are among the tops in the world for creating new innovation and technology.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology generated 306 U.S. Utility Patents in 2017, which was second most of the U.S. universities ranked  -- only the University of California earned more.

Harvard University ranked 9th with 156, and Tuft University was ranked 70th and was granted 37 patents.

Brown and URI Lag Peers

Brown University had 18 U.S. patents in 2017 and “11 as of November 2018 -- we may have received one more in December,” according to Brian Clark, Director of News and Editorial Development at Brown University.

Brown’s spokesperson was first to say that the University has significant work to do.

“Speaking more broadly, I'd say that research at Brown has the potential to add to the state’s innovation output, but it is not commercialized at the scale we'd like to see,” said Clark.

“While there are scholars interested in exploring the commercial potential of their work, they often lack the professional incentives and the business training to pursue commercial opportunities. This is definitely an area where we're taking steps to grow,” he added.

At the University of Rhode Island, only two patents were granted to university-affiliated research in 2017. According to URI data, the College of Engineering at URI has not been granted a patent since 2014.

Of the top 20 universities in the world by patents granted in 2017, nine of them were public universities in the United States or affiliated.  “The institutions on this list are doing incredible work promoting academic innovation and incubating groundbreaking technologies which exemplify the importance of technology transfer to institutional success," said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the National Academy of Inventors.

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Focus at Brown to Improve the Commercialization of IP

Brown was not ranked in the top 100 universities.  Harvard, Cornell, Penn, and Columbia were all ranked in the top 20 patent granted universities -- and Brown is making an effort to transform its effort to commercialize its technology.

“Daniel Behr was hired at Brown in June 2017 to re-engineer our tech transfer efforts. His office's recent efforts include an expansion of Brown Biomedical Innovation Inc. (BBII), which helps biomedical research projects to bridge “valley of death” — the gap between when the National Institutes of Health stops funding research and when private investors are willing to step up,” said Clark.

“BBII recently established an $8.2 million fund to develop new technologies and hired a former biotech entrepreneur as managing director. Already, BBII has 26 preliminary requests for development funding,” added Clark. 

Brown is also transforming how it does business with partners in developing technology. “The goal is for Brown to become a more user-friendly partner to industry, moving away from the transactional approaches that prevail in many university technology transfer offices.”

But, while Brown is working to transform its IP capacity, there is little transformation in the rest of Rhode Island — in academic, healthcare or business segments. On the top 50 companies in the world for IP, not of them had a significant presence located in RI.

 

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State:    DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

2000 Population:   N/A
2000 Utility Patent Count:  N/A
2015 Population:   N/A
2015 Utility Patent Count:   N/A

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   N/A
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   N/A
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   0.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   N/A

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State:   MISSISSIPPI
2000 Population:   2,848,353
2000 Utility Patent Count:   184
2015 Population:   2,989,390
2015 Utility Patent Count:   138

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0646
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0462
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -28.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0490

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State:   ALASKA
2000 Population:   627,963
2000 Utility Patent Count:   43
2015 Population:   737,709
2015 Utility Patent Count:   40

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0685
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0542
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -20.9%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0529

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State:   WEST VIRGINIA
2000 Population:   1,807,021
2000 Utility Patent Count:   145
2015 Population:   1,841,053
2015 Utility Patent Count:   127

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0802
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0690
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -14.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0649

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State:   ARKANSAS
2000 Population:   2,678,588
2000 Utility Patent Count:   214
2015 Population:   2,977,853
2015 Utility Patent Count:   233

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0799
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0782
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -2.1%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0550

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State:   LOUISIANA
2000 Population:   4,471,885
2000 Utility Patent Count:   518
2015 Population:   4,668,960
2015 Utility Patent Count:   399

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1158
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0855
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -26.2%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0799

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State:   HAWAII
2000 Population:   1,213,519
2000 Utility Patent Count:   77
2015 Population:   1,425,157
2015 Utility Patent Count:   127

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0635
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0891
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   40.3%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0684

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State:   ALABAMA
2000 Population:   4,452,173
2000 Utility Patent Count:   337
2015 Population:   4,853,875
2015 Utility Patent Count:   473

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0757
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0974
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   28.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.0819

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State:   SOUTH DAKOTA
2000 Population:   755,844
2000 Utility Patent Count:   86
2015 Population:   857,919
2015 Utility Patent Count:   113

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1138
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1317
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   15.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1039

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State:   OKLAHOMA
2000 Population:   3,454,365
2000 Utility Patent Count:   542
2015 Population:   3,907,414
2015 Utility Patent Count:   532

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1569
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1362
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -13.2%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1351

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State:   MONTANA
2000 Population:   903,773
2000 Utility Patent Count:   113
2015 Population:   1,032,073
2015 Utility Patent Count:   142

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1250
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1376
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   10.1%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1187

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State:   KENTUCKY
2000 Population:   4,049,021
2000 Utility Patent Count:   458
2015 Population:   4,424,611
2015 Utility Patent Count:   663

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1131
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1498
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   32.4%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1119

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State:   MAINE
2000 Population:   1,277,072
2000 Utility Patent Count:   127
2015 Population:   1,329,453
2015 Utility Patent Count:   201

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.0994
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1512
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   52.1%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1230

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State:   TENNESSEE
2000 Population:   5,703,719
2000 Utility Patent Count:   782
2015 Population:   6,595,056
2015 Utility Patent Count:   1,009

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1371
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1530
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   11.6%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1305

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State:   NORTH DAKOTA
2000 Population:   642,023
2000 Utility Patent Count:   85
2015 Population:   756,835
2015 Utility Patent Count:   118

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1324
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1559
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   17.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1247

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State:   NEBRASKA
2000 Population:   1,713,820
2000 Utility Patent Count:   231
2015 Population:   1,893,765
2015 Utility Patent Count:   313

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1348
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1653
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   22.6%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1277

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State:   MISSOURI
2000 Population:   5,607,285
2000 Utility Patent Count:   822
2015 Population:   6,076,204
2015 Utility Patent Count:   1,082

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1466
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1781
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   21.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1471

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State:   WYOMING
2000 Population:   494,300
2000 Utility Patent Count:   55
2015 Population:   586,555
2015 Utility Patent Count:   110

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1113
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1875
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   68.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1298

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State:   SOUTH CAROLINA
2000 Population:   4,024,223
2000 Utility Patent Count:   531
2015 Population:   4,894,834
2015 Utility Patent Count:   950

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1320
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1941
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   47.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1372

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State:   FLORIDA
2000 Population:   16,047,515
2000 Utility Patent Count:   2,605
2015 Population:   20,244,914
2015 Utility Patent Count:   4,054

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1623
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2002
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   23.4%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1571

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State:   NEW MEXICO
2000 Population:   1,821,204
2000 Utility Patent Count:   323
2015 Population:   2,080,328
2015 Utility Patent Count:   427

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1774
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2053
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   15.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1842

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State:   GEORGIA
2000 Population:   8,227,303
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,312
2015 Population:   10,199,398
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,465

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1595
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2417
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   51.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1795

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State:   VIRGINIA
2000 Population:   7,105,817
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,141
2015 Population:   8,367,587
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,057

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1606
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2458
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   53.1%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1724

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State:   NEVADA
2000 Population:   2,018,741
2000 Utility Patent Count:   316
2015 Population:   2,883,758
2015 Utility Patent Count:   725

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1565
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2514
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   60.6%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.1898

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State:   PENNSYLVANIA
2000 Population:   12,284,173
2000 Utility Patent Count:   3,640
2015 Population:   12,791,904
2015 Utility Patent Count:   3,825

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2963
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2990
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   0.9%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2546

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State:   MARYLAND
2000 Population:   5,311,034
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,358
2015 Population:   5,994,983
2015 Utility Patent Count:   1,838

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2557
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3066
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   19.9%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2587

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State:   RHODE ISLAND
2000 Population:   1,050,268
2000 Utility Patent Count:   320
2015 Population:   1,055,607
2015 Utility Patent Count:   324

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3047
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3069
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   0.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2719

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State:   INDIANA
2000 Population:   6,091,866
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,429
2015 Population:   6,612,768
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,033

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2346
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3074
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   31.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2250

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State:   OHIO
2000 Population:   11,363,543
2000 Utility Patent Count:   3,197
2015 Population:   11,605,090
2015 Utility Patent Count:   3,590

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2813
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3093
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   10.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2635

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State:   KANSAS
2000 Population:   2,693,681
2000 Utility Patent Count:   391
2015 Population:   2,906,721
2015 Utility Patent Count:   915

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.1452
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3148
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   116.8%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2073

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State:   IOWA
2000 Population:   2,929,067
2000 Utility Patent Count:   589
2015 Population:   3,121,997
2015 Utility Patent Count:   992

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2011
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3177
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   58.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2421

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State:   NORTH CAROLINA
2000 Population:   8,081,614
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,845
2015 Population:   10,035,186
2015 Utility Patent Count:   3,354

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.2283
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3342
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   46.4%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2482

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State:   WISCONSIN
2000 Population:   5,373,999
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,686
2015 Population:   5,767,891
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,039

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3137
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3535
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   12.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.3099

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State:   TEXAS
2000 Population:   20,944,499
2000 Utility Patent Count:   6,322
2015 Population:   27,429,639
2015 Utility Patent Count:   9,934

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3018
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3622
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   20.0%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2894

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State:   ARIZONA
2000 Population:   5,160,586
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,595
2015 Population:   6,817,565
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,540

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3091
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3726
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   20.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.3001

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State:   DELAWARE
2000 Population:   786,373
2000 Utility Patent Count:   395
2015 Population:   944,076
2015 Utility Patent Count:   361

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5023
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3824
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -23.9%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.4274

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State:   ILLINOIS
2000 Population:   12,434,161
2000 Utility Patent Count:   3,832
2015 Population:   12,839,047
2015 Utility Patent Count:   5,028

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3082
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3916
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   27.1%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.2876

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State:   NEW YORK
2000 Population:   19,001,780
2000 Utility Patent Count:   6,086
2015 Population:   19,747,183
2015 Utility Patent Count:   8,464

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3203
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.4286
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   33.8%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.3353

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State:   UTAH
2000 Population:   2,244,502
2000 Utility Patent Count:   709
2015 Population:   2,990,632
2015 Utility Patent Count:   1,404

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3159
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.4695
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   48.6%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.3282

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State:   NEW JERSEY
2000 Population:   8,430,621
2000 Utility Patent Count:   3,886
2015 Population:   8,935,421
2015 Utility Patent Count:   4,602

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.4609
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5150
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   11.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.4173

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State:   IDAHO
2000 Population:   1,299,430
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,572
2015 Population:   1,652,828
2015 Utility Patent Count:   865

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   1.2098
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5233
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   -56.7%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.9135

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State:   COLORADO
2000 Population:   4,326,921
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,848
2015 Population:   5,448,819
2015 Utility Patent Count:   3,045

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.4271
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5588
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   30.8%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.4429

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State:   MICHIGAN
2000 Population:   9,952,450
2000 Utility Patent Count:   3,724
2015 Population:   9,917,715
2015 Utility Patent Count:   5,561

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3742
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5607
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   49.8%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.3997

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State:   OREGON
2000 Population:   3,429,708
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,194
2015 Population:   4,024,634
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,366

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3481
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5879
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   68.9%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.4902

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State:   CONNECTICUT
2000 Population:   3,411,777
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,825
2015 Population:   3,584,730
2015 Utility Patent Count:   2,158

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5349
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.6020
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   12.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.5061

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State:   NEW HAMPSHIRE
2000 Population:   1,239,882
2000 Utility Patent Count:   627
2015 Population:   1,330,111
2015 Utility Patent Count:   850

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5057
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.6390
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   26.4%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.5059

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State:   VERMONT
2000 Population:   609,618
2000 Utility Patent Count:   377
2015 Population:   626,088
2015 Utility Patent Count:   451

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.6184
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.7203
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   16.5%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.7536

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State:   WASHINGTON
2000 Population:   5,910,512
2000 Utility Patent Count:   1,820
2015 Population:   7,160,290
2015 Utility Patent Count:   6,378

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.3079
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.8907
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   189.3%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.5742

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State:   MASSACHUSETTS
2000 Population:   6,361,104
2000 Utility Patent Count:   3,458
2015 Population:   6,784,240
2015 Utility Patent Count:   6,777

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5436
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   0.9989
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   83.8%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.6860

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State:   CALIFORNIA
2000 Population:   33,987,977
2000 Utility Patent Count:   17,491
2015 Population:   38,993,940
2015 Utility Patent Count:   40,196

2000 Patents per 1000 People:   0.5146
2015 Patents per 1000 People:   1.0308
Patents per Capita Growth Rate:   100.3%
Average Patents per 1000 People:   0.6742

 

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