Patents tell an important part of Minnesota’s story of our strength in innovation. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Minnesota ranks:
1st in medical device patents per capita in 2019
2nd in overall medical device patents in 2019
6th in overall patents per capita in 2019
Companies - headquartered or with major operations in Minnesota - that were issued the largest numbers of patents between 2000 and 2019 are:
- 8,725 IBM
- 8,724 3M
- 4,582 MEDTRONIC
- 3,147 CARDIAC PACEMAKERS (BOSTON SCIENTIFIC)
- 3,111 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL
- 2,899 SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY
- 1,442 BOSTON SCIENTIFIC
- 1,274 TARGET BRANDS
- 1,233 ECOLAB
- 1,117 Abbott
Additionally, the University of Minnesota was issued 1,083 patents and Mayo Foundation 865 patents over the same period.
Note: Patents attributable to Minnesota operations.
Source: USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, accessed January 2020.