OREGON IP / Patent
Patent Grants To Oregon Inventors On The Rise
Since the turn of the century, there has been a steady increase in the number of patent applications filed and granted in the United States. Oregon is no exception. As shown in the above graph, just since 2002, the number of patents granted to Oregon inventors* has increased by nearly 63 percent. In 2002, the first year for which the PTO provides such statistics by state, 1,716 patents were granted to Oregon inventors. By 2015, that number had increased by over 1000 to 2,796 granted patents.
The increase in “Oregon patents” over a longer period is even more striking. According to the PTO records, from 1977 to 2001, 17,836 patents were granted to Oregon inventors, an average of just over 700 patents a year. By 2015, that number had almost quadrupled!
*As determined by the residence of the first-named inventors. Includes utility patents, design patents, plant patents, reissue patents, and SIRs/defensive publications. Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office website at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/cst_all.htm