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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 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.

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