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assignees in 2011 and 2012 (when the numbers of such patents granted were in the 1,300s), Figure 1 also shows that in 2013 the number of such patents granted that year jumped to 1,691. Development in Nevada is unequivocally positive in Figure 2, which shows a gradual rise in the number of patents granted on inventions for which at least one inventor was a Nevada resident; the number increased from 794 patents granted in 2010 to 1265 patents granted in 2013.
The numbers of patents granted could have risen in Nevada because of an increase in Nevada’s population or growth in Nevada’s economy; to find out whether the rise might be attributable to an increase in the intensity of innovation, it is useful to look at the development of the numbers of patents per million Nevada residents and per $ billion Nevada GDP. Figures 4 and 5 show that the numbers of patents on inventions by Nevada inventors, per million Nevada residents and per $ billion Nevada GDP, have been growing, and that they have been growing faster than the numbers of patents on inventions by all U.S. inventors, per million U.S. residents and per $ billion U.S. GDP. In fact, Figure 5 shows that more patents per $ billion Nevada GDP were granted on inventions by Nevada inventors in 2012 and 2013 than were granted on inventions by U.S. inventors per $ billion U.S. GDP in those years.
The increase in the number of patents on inventions by Nevada inventors is confirmed by Figures 6 and 7, which show, per million residents and per $ billion GDP, the number of patents on applications in which a U.S. and a Nevada resident were the first-named inventors. The state or country of residence of the first-named inventor is the criterion that the USPTO uses, for statistical purposes, to define the geographical origin of a patent. Using this definition, Figures 6 and 7 show an increase in the numbers of patents granted on inventions by Nevada inventors, per million Nevada residents and per $ billion Nevada GDP. The numbers of patents granted in 2012 and 2013 on inventions by Nevada residents per million Nevada residents and per $ billion Nevada GDP in Figure 7 do not exceed the U.S.-wide numbers as they do in Figure 5; nevertheless, Figures 4 – 7 all suggest possible intensification of innovation in Nevada.
As noted above, number of patents granted is not the only indicator of innovative activity, and might not even be an accurate predictor of economic development. Much more than patenting must happen to propel economic growth; lawyers who can provide high-quality legal advice and sensible business perspectives are indispensable for the success of innovation. Preparing lawyers who will help sustain and promote innovation in Nevada is one of the Boyd Law School’s most important missions.
The data in Figures 1-7 are from the USPTO Calendar Year Patent Statistics and from data collected with the use of the USPTO Search for Patents.
For previous installments of this blog post chain see Part 1 and Part 2.
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