Top 20 Patent Generating Cities

California | 2016

City Utility Patents Registered
San Jose 4,334
San Diego 3,547
San Francisco 2,837
Sunnyvale 2,007
Palo Alto 1,590
Mountain View 1,521
Fremont 1,238
Cupertino 1,234
Santa Clara 1,219
Irvine 772
Los Altos 657
Los Angeles 656
Saratoga 646
Menlo Park 540
Los Gatos 510
Redwood City 459
Pleasanton 414
Milpitas 375
Carlsbad 348
San Mateo 330

Data Source:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Patent data is provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and consists of Utility patents granted by inventor. Geographic designation is given by the location of the first inventor named on the patent application. Silicon Valley patents include only those filed by residents of Silicon Valley. Other Includes: Teaching & Amusement Devices, Transportation/Vehicles, Motors, Engines and Pumps, Dispensing & Material Handling, Food, Plant & Animal Husbandry, Furniture & Receptacles, Apparel, Textiles & Fastenings, Body Adornment, Nuclear Technology, Ammunition & Weapons, Earth Working and Agricultural Machinery, Machine Elements or Mechanisms, and Superconducting Technology. The technology area categorization method was slightly modified in 2012, resulting in minor changes to the proportion of patents in each technology area relative to previous years. Population estimates used to calculate the number of patents granted per 100,000 people were from the California Department of Finance, E-1: City/County Population Estimates with Annual Percent Change. Beginning in 2015, the USPTO stopped classifying patents in the Untied States Patent Classification (USPC) and began using the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC), so some USPC codes were unavailable. In those cases, unofficial routing classifications were used in place of the missing UPSC classifications. This process may create some minor inconsistencies between the 2015 and previous years’ data sorted by Technology Area.

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