Indicator 9: Technology Patents
How Does Massachusetts Perform?
In 2017 Massachusetts was the per-capita leader among the LTS in total technology patents within the six categories tracked by the Index. Massachusetts led in Drugs & Healthcare and Analytical Instruments & Research Methods patents at 274 and 135 patents per million residents respectively. It placed second in Software (271), Advanced Materials patents (71); third in Electric & Advanced Hardware (133); and 5th in Manufacturing and Manufacturing Processes (19). Looking at the categories where Massachusetts either led or placed second in, they account for 83.2% of all Massachusetts patents. Technology patents have continued to steadily increase in the Commonwealth over the last decade and represent the majority of all patents issued (83.4% in 2017).
Data Source for Indicator 9: USPTO, Census Bureau