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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. Trade and Patent Office, Minnesota ranks:

1st nationwide in medical device patents per capita in 2015.

2nd in overall medical device patents (5,100) between 2011 and 2015.

1st worldwide in patents granted (2,048) in Technology Class 607 (surgical light, thermal and electric applications) in 2015.

Companies headquartered or operating in Minneapolis-St. Paul that received the largest number of patents between 2000 and 2015 are:

  • 5,283 3M
  • 3,165 MEDTRONIC
  • 2,447 CARDIAC PACEMAKERS INC. SUBSIDIARY OF BOSTON SCIENTIFIC
  • 2,070 HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL
  • 1,917 SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY
  • 1,062 ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • BOSTON SCIENTIFIC: 943
  • MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC.: 526
  • MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC.: 526
  • SCI-MED LIFE SYSTEMS, INC.: 482
  • ECOLAB: 454
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