Ideas — Systems

Product and Service Innovation: Number of Patents

Patents are issued for new inventions, and the award of a patent is a significant step in the process of commercializing an idea. The number of patents in each metro is based on the location of the inventor, rather than that person's employer.

KC Value KC Rank Top Ranked
Metro
Top Ranked
Metro Value
10th Ranked
Metro
Target Value Ranking
Trend
Level  2015 816 13  San Jose 14,618 Cleveland 922 13th
(down from 12th)
2014 872 12 San Jose 14,894 Cleveland 979
Growth* Percent Change 2014-15 -3.6% 31 Louisville 16.1% Baltimore 5.7% 31st
(down from 15th)
Percent Change 2013-14 9.6% 15 Louisville 19.4% San Jose 13.4%

* Growth is calculated based on a 3-year moving average of the original data to reduce the influence of temporary, random or one-time events.

Source: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Excel data: Product and Service Innovation: Number of Patents

 

 

 

Kansas City Compared to Peer Metros — Level

Number of Patents - 2015


Number of Patents - 2014



Kansas City Compared to Peer Metros — Growth

Number of Patents - Percent Change 2014-15


Number of Patents - Percent Change 2013-14