Top 10 Patent Generating Cities in California

With United States Rank and Share, 2020*

CityCountShareU.S. Rank (Share)
San Jose4,73411%1 (3.0%)
San Diego3,5888%2 (2.3%)
San Francisco3,4778%3 (2.2%)
Sunnyvale1,9444%6 (1.2%)
Mountain View1,7364%7 (1.1%)
Palo Alto1,6244%9 (1.0%)
Santa Clara1,4793%10 (0.9%)
Fremont1,2593%13 (0.8%)
Cupertino1,1123%14 (0.7%)
Los Angeles1,0052%15 (0.6%)

Data Source:

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Analysis:

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. Data by technology area was not available for 2019 or 2020 at the time of analysis. 2020 data are through December 12.

*through December 12

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