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  2016 822 15  San Jose 17,715 St. Louis 966 15th
(down from 13th)
2015 795 13 San Jose 15,917 St. Louis 929
Growth* Percent Change 2015-16 -1.1% 23 Baltimore 11.4% St. Louis 4.2% 23rd
(up from 31st)
Percent Change 2014-15 -5.3% 31 Memphis 18.5% Indianapolis 7.4%

* 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 - 2016


Number of Patents - 2015



Kansas City Compared to Peer Metros — Growth

Number of Patents - Percent Change 2015-16


Number of Patents - Percent Change 2014-15