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Detroit Region Ranks 10th in Nation in Patents Granted

Innovation is critical to succeeding in the global market. In this hypercompetitive world, the number of patents granted stands as a key measure in demonstrating the intellectual investment in the Detroit region. Michigan continues to thrive in this field, ranking 7th in the number of patents granted in 2012.  

While regional patent data is not yet available for 2012, the Detroit-Livonia-Warren Metropolitan Statistical Area ranks 10th in patent producing metropolitan regions, including a 28% growth in patents granted from 2009-2011.  Levels of patents granted in 2011 exceed that of peak years over the last decade.

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2012 PATENT COUNTS BY STATE
all patent types

  State Total
1 CALIFORNIA 34659
2 TEXAS 8929
3 NEW YORK 8557
4 MASSACHUSETTS 6119
5 WASHINGTON 5985
6 ILLINOIS 5078
7 MICHIGAN 4997
8 NEW JERSEY 4656
9 FLORIDA 4453
10 MINNESOTA 4278

 

Infrastructure gains such as the opening of the Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit in 2012, the first satellite patent office, have provided a foundation in supporting this intellectual capital. There are nearly 25 patent law firms in the Detroit region, with over 400 practicing intellectual property lawyers. Here at the Detroit Regional Chamber, the intellectual property statistics continue to be a critical piece of communicating the region’s skills and competitive advantages.

Michigan also ranks highly in other key indicators including:

  • R & D Centers – There are over 375 research and development centers in Michigan related to the automotive industry alone.
  • Venture Capital Activity – Michigan ranks 15th nationally in venture capital activity, with $1.5 billion in capital under management in 2012.
  • Engineering Talent – Michigan has the highest concentration of mechanical engineers of any state.