Number of Patents Issued Continue to Rise in Missouri
According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the number of patents issued increased in Missouri by 67 percent from 2008 to 2013 to total 1,301. Over nine in ten (1,184) of the 2013 patents issued in Missouri were utility patents. These patents were issued for inventions, such as a new machine, manufacture or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement. Another 112 patents were categorized as design patents, issued for the design of visual ornamental characteristics of an article of manufacture. There were also 5 patents re-issued.
The USPTO categorizes patents into five categories: utility, design, plant, reissue, and statutory invention registrations (SIR). The most common of patents are utility patents, also known as "patents for inventions".
Missouri was second in the number of patents issued among its border states, trailing only Illinois. Missouri also increased its Utility patents by 93 percent in the last 5 years, second only to one other border state.
Missouri ranked twenty-fourth nationally in the number of patents issued in 2013. The top five states were California (39,139), accounting for nearly a quarter of all patents, followed by Texas (9,820), New York (9,363), Massachusetts (6,765) and Washington (6,569).
|Patents by Missouri Border States 2013|
Missouri Utility Patents by
From 2008 to 2012, there was an increase in the number of utility patents issued in ten of the top fifteen classifications in Missouri. Many of the utility patents issued were in bioscience related classifications, including: Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions; Multicellular Living Organisms; Organic Compounds; and Chemistry - Molecular and Microbiology.
|Top Missouri Utility Patents by Technology Class|
|2008 to 2012|
|424||Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514)||21||31||35||27||48||162|
|800||Multicellular Living Organisms and Unmodified Parts Thereof and Related Processes||21||28||46||37||30||162|
|705||Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing)||11||11||20||39||61||142|
|532||Organic Compounds (includes Classes 532-570)||27||22||30||25||35||139|
|435||Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology||20||20||33||38||21||132|
|128||Surgery (includes Class 600)||13||10||20||16||19||78|
|604||Surgery (Medicators and Receptors)||2||5||26||21||17||71|
|702||Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing)||13||5||16||22||11||67|
|52||Static Structures (e.g., Buildings)||5||12||21||9||17||64|
|709||Multicomputer Data Transferring (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems)||8||13||16||10||16||63|
|73||Measuring and Testing||14||16||9||10||12||61|
|244||Aeronautics and Astronautics||10||9||14||15||12||60|