Michigan ranked 10th in the nation in the number of patents issued, exceeding the “Top Ten” average. Michigan inventors were more prolific than the peer state average (except Massachusetts, Colorado, and California) on a per capita basis.

What It Is: Number of U.S. patents awarded per 100,000 residents.      

Why It Matters: Patents provide an incentive for innovators and entrepreneurs to improve technology. The states whose residents are the source of this innovation have an advantage in reaping the economic benefits derived from them.  

Note: No new update is available in this category. Performance reflects that shown in prior year benchmarking report.

U.S. Patent Trends

U.S. Patent Standings

Regional U.S. Patent Trends


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Source: U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (Statistics), U.S. Census Bureau (Population Estimates)