The current patent numbering and examination system was enacted in 1836, but in the last 20 years there has been a 183 percent surge of patent activity—an increase in issued patents from 122,975 to 347,642.
So, where has all this patent activity been occurring? In the United States, the states with the highest number of patent issues per capita in the last five years have been California, Massachusetts, Washington, Minnesota, Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Michigan and Colorado, according to this report.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the least innovative states that had the lowest number of patent issues per capita in the last five years are Maine, Oklahoma, Montana, Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alaska and Mississippi.
Throughout the world, there are several innovative countries that are also churning out patents.
The most innovative countries with the most patents per capita are Taiwan, Israel, the United States, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Germany.
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