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U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Patent Technology Monitoring Team (PTMT)

Patenting In U.S. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas
Breakout By Technology Class

Count of 2000 - 2011 Utility Patent Grants
As Distributed By Calendar Year of Grant

- Explanation of Data -

Rank Ordered Listing of Technology Classes Receiving 1 or More Utility Patents During the Period
Originating From

Non Metro/Micropolitan Statistical Areas, MN

( Non Metro/Micropolitan Statistical Area )

( patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor )
( technology class is determined by the primary classification assigned to a patent- see 'Explanation of Data' )
( some classes have been combined together under a single class identifier )
( patent counts may not sum exactly due to rounding - see the Explanation of Data )
( regional areas are based on U.S. Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) )

The following table displays technology classes and counts of utility patents classified in them; patents are distributed by year of patent grant.
Class Class Title 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
800 Multicellular Living Organisms and Unmodified Parts Thereof and Related Processes 11 6 5 4 28 20 27 39 30 30 47 29 276
180 Motor Vehicles 2 3 5 0 4 8 13 2 7 10 15 6 75
280 Land Vehicles 2 2 3 1 2 2 4 1 4 5 6 5 37
414 Material or Article Handling 4 3 3 3 1 2 1 2 4 1 2 1 27
123 Internal-Combustion Engines 2 3 1 1 1 4 5 3 1 1 0 1 23
455 Telecommunications 1 0 3 0 4 1 3 1 1 7 0 1 22
114 Ships 1 1 2 1 1 2 4 2 1 3 0 2 20
239 Fluid Sprinkling, Spraying, and Diffusing 5 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 4 3 18
296 Land Vehicles: Bodies and Tops 2 2 0 2 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 1 16
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 3 3 0 4 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 16
439 Electrical Connectors 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 2 13
029 Metal Working 0 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 12
137 Fluid Handling 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 3 2 12
340 Communications: Electrical 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 1 1 11
049 Movable or Removable Closures 1 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 10
052 Static Structures (e.g., Buildings) 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 10
198 Conveyors: Power-Driven 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 10
277 Seal for a Joint or Juncture 0 2 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 10
297 Chairs and Seats 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 10
385 Optical Waveguides 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 3 1 1 10
440 Marine Propulsion 1 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
037 Excavating 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 9
055 Gas Separation 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 6 9
219 Electric Heating 3 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 9
474 Endless Belt Power Transmission Systems or Components 2 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 9
056 Harvesters 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 8
075 Specialized Metallurgical Processes, Compositions for Use Therein, Consolidated Metal Powder Compositions, and Loose Metal Particulate Mixtures 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 8
172 Earth Working 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 8
241 Solid Material Comminution or Disintegration 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 8
405 Hydraulic and Earth Engineering 1 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
426 Food or Edible Material: Processes, Compositions, and Products 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 8
002 Apparel 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 7
254 Implements or Apparatus for Applying Pushing or Pulling Force 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 7
305 Wheel Substitutes for Land Vehicles 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 1 7
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 7
370 Multiplex Communications 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 7
704 DP: Speech Signal Processing, Linguistics, Language Translation, and Audio Compression/Decompression (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2 7
160 Flexible or Portable Closure, Partition, or Panel 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 6
174 Electricity: Conductors and Insulators 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 6
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 6
273 Amusement Devices: Games 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 6
362 Illumination 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 6
404 Road Structure, Process, or Apparatus 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 6
424 Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514) 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6
005 Beds 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 5
119 Animal Husbandry 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 5
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5
303 Fluid-Pressure and Analogous Brake Systems 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5
324 Electricity: Measuring and Testing 0 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
360 Dynamic Magnetic Information Storage or Retrieval 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 5
410 Freight Accommodation On Freight Carrier 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
429 Chemistry: Electrical Current Producing Apparatus, Product, and Process 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 5
701 DP: Vehicles, Navigation, and Relative Location (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 5
033 Geometrical Instruments 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 4
060 Power Plants 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
072 Metal Deforming 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
126 Stoves and Furnaces 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4
134 Cleaning and Liquid Contact with Solids 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
177 Weighing Scales 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
181 Acoustics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 4
222 Dispensing (apparatus and process) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
310 Electrical Generator or Motor Structure 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
403 Joints and Connections 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
623 Prosthesis (i.e., Artificial Body Members), Parts Thereof, or Aids and Accessories Therefor 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
030 Cutlery 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
034 Drying and Gas or Vapor Contact with Solids 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
043 Fishing, Trapping, and Vermin Destroying 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3
074 Machine Element or Mechanism 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
100 Presses 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
110 Furnaces 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
116 Signals and Indicators 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
144 Woodworking 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
175 Boring or Penetrating the Earth 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
182 Fire Escape, Ladder, or Scaffold 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
188 Brakes 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
200 Electricity: Circuit Makers and Breakers 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
209 Classifying, Separating, and Assorting Solids 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
251 Valves and Valve Actuation 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
285 Pipe Joints or Couplings 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
290 Prime-Mover Dynamo Plants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3
294 Handling: Hand and Hoist-Line Implements 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
307 Electrical Transmission or Interconnection Systems 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
415 Rotary Kinetic Fluid Motors or Pumps 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 3
475 Planetary Gear Transmission Systems or Components 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
604 Surgery (Medicators and Receptors) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
607 Surgery: Light, Thermal, and Electrical Application 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
446 Amusement Devices: Toys 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
004 Baths, Closets, Sinks, and Spittoons 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
024 Buckles, Buttons, Clasps, Etc. 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
036 Boots, Shoes, and Leggings 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
084 Music 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
095 Gas Separation: Processes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
096 Gas Separation: Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
108 Horizontally Supported Planar Surfaces 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
111 Planting 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
135 Tent, Canopy, Umbrella, or Cane 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
162 Paper Making and Fiber Liberation 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
205 Electrolysis: Processes, Compositions Used Therein, and Methods of Preparing the Compositions 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
224 Package and Article Carriers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
237 Heating Systems 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
256 Fences 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
293 Vehicle Fenders 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
313 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
327 Miscellaneous Active Electrical Nonlinear Devices, Circuits, and Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
331 Oscillators 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
343 Communications: Radio Wave Antennas 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
375 Pulse or Digital Communications 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
383 Flexible Bags 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
396 Photography 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
451 Abrading 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
460 Crop Threshing or Separating 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
482 Exercise Devices 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
518 Chemistry: Fischer-Tropsch Processes; or Purification or Recovery of Products Thereof 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
705 DP: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
706 DP: Artificial Intelligence (Data Processing) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
707 DP: Database and File Management or Data Structures (Data Processing) 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
714 Error Detection/Correction and Fault Detection/Recovery 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
717 DP: Software Development, Installation, and Management (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
014 Bridges 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
016 Miscellaneous Hardware 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
042 Firearms 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
044 Fuel and Related Compositions 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
053 Package Making 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
054 Harness for Working Animal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
062 Refrigeration 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
073 Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
076 Metal Tools and Implements, Making 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
083 Cutting 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
092 Expansible Chamber Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
099 Foods and Beverages: Apparatus 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
101 Printing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
102 Ammunition and Explosives 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
104 Railways 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
118 Coating Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
125 Stone Working 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
169 Fire Extinguishers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
187 Elevator, Industrial Lift Truck, or Stationary Lift for Vehicle 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
192 Clutches and Power-Stop Control 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
193 Conveyors, Chutes, Skids, Guides, and Ways 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
206 Special Receptacle or Package 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
211 Supports: Racks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
216 Etching a Substrate: Processes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
220 Receptacles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
221 Article Dispensing 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
227 Elongated-Member-Driving Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
244 Aeronautics and Astronautics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
257 Active Solid-State Devices (e.g., Transistors, Solid-State Diodes) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
266 Metallurgical Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
269 Work Holders 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
292 Closure Fasteners 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
298 Land Vehicles: Dumping 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
301 Land Vehicles: Wheels and Axles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
312 Supports: Cabinet Structure 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
315 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices: Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
318 Electricity: Motive Power Systems 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
320 Electricity: Battery or Capacitor Charging or Discharging 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
330 Amplifiers 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
332 Modulators 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
342 Communications: Directive Radio Wave Systems and Devices (e.g., Radar, Radio Navigation) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
345 Computer Graphics Processing and Selective Visual Display Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
348 Television 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
351 Optics: Eye Examining, Vision Testing and Correcting 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
356 Optics: Measuring and Testing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
359 Optical: Systems and Elements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
363 Electric Power Conversion Systems 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
367 Communications, Electrical: Acoustic Wave Systems and Devices 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
379 Telephonic Communications 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
382 Image Analysis 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
384 Bearings 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
408 Cutting by Use of Rotating Axially Moving Tool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
409 Gear Cutting, Milling, or Planing 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
411 Expanded, Threaded, Driven, Headed, Tool-Deformed, or Locked-Threaded Fastener 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
417 Pumps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
418 Rotary Expansible Chamber Devices 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
425 Plastic Article or Earthenware Shaping or Treating: Apparatus 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
427 Coating Processes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
433 Dentistry 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
435 Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
438 Semiconductor Device Manufacturing: Process 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
445 Electric Lamp or Space Discharge Component or Device Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
454 Ventilation 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
477 Interrelated Power Delivery Controls, Including Engine Control 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
501 Compositions: Ceramic 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
520 Synthetic Resins or Natural Rubbers (includes Classes 520-528) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
601 Surgery: Kinesitherapy 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
606 Surgery (instruments) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
700 DP: Generic Control Systems or Specific Applications (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
710 Input/Output (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
713 Support (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
715 DP: Presentation Processing of Document, Operator Interface Processing, and Screen Saver Display Processing (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 93 57 72 71 93 91 121 97 95 104 132 110 1135


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