Top Ten States with Most Patents

California residents continue to receive most patents
Press Release

Brigid Quinn
Maria Hernandez


The United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) today announced the top ten states with the most patent recipients for January 1999 - June 1999. Listed below are the ten states whose residents received the most patents for inventions in the first half of 1999, along with their ranking for 1998.

"Patents are an integral part of the American economy, notes Acting Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Q. Todd Dickinson. The number of patent applications has been rising dramatically as the United States experiences its largest peacetime economic expansion. This year we anticipate issuing 160,000 patents, nearly 10,000 more than in 1998," Dickinson adds.

Rank in 1999
(through 6/99)
# of Patents
(through 6/99)
StateFinal RankFinal Number
(Patents in 1998)
22,911New York(2)(7,114)
51,808New Jersey(5)(4,206)

This information is available on PTO's web site, as well as metropolitan area data through calendar year 1998, at The PTO is the Commerce Department's user fee-funded bureau that administers laws relevant to granting patents and registering trademarks; advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on patent, trademark and copyright protection; and advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property. Nearly 6 million patents have been issued since the first patent in 1790.

Editor's Note: This list is based on patents granted between January 1, 1999 and June 30, 1999. The residence of the first-named inventor determines the origin of a patent.