Indicator 8: Utility Patents
How Does Massachusetts Perform?
In 2016, Massachusetts again saw record numbers of utility patents granted, reaching a total of 6,946. Its share of U.S. utility patents was 4.8%, evidence that Massachusetts is a key state for translating research into products meant for commercialization. Massachusetts’ growth rate in patents granted per million residents from 2011-2016 was 29.9%, placing it third among the LTS after California at 39.2% and Illinois at 31.0%. Massachusetts ranks fourth among the LTS in total number of utility patents granted, behind California, Texas and New York. It is second only to California in utility patents granted per million residents, when compared to all 50 states.