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Patents infographic depicting Minnesota's rankings

Patents

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 2018

2nd in overall medical device patents in 2018

6th in overall patents per capita in 2018

Companies headquartered or with major operations in Minnesota that were issued large numbers of patents between 2000 and 2018:

  • 8,127 IBM
  • 7,759 3M
  • 4,520 MEDTRONIC
  • 3,029 CARDIAC PACEMAKERS (BOSTON SCIENTIFIC)
  • 2,973 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL
  • 2,835 SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY
  • 1, 388 BOSTON SCIENTIFIC
  • 1,320 ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • 1,201 TARGET BRANDS
  • 1,125 ECOLAB

Additionally, the University of Minnesota was issued 969 patents, and Mayo Foundation 757 patents over the same period.

Note: Patents are issued to inventors residing in Minnesota at the time of the patent issue.

Source: USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, accessed September, 2019

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