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Raleigh Named a Hotbed of Innovation

From Scientific American

By Mark Fischetti

New Hotbeds of Innovation Rise in the U.S. 

The number of patents granted each year by the U.S. is skyrocketing. Companies inside and outside the country lead the race as they scramble to tap huge American markets.

Patents going to overseas concerns are at an all-time high of 52 percent of the total,according to data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Geographical hotbeds of innovation are still a major factor in the U.S., however. Many traditional locations such as Silicon Valley in California and the New York City area remain strong but some newer regions such as Seattle and Raleigh, N.C., are winning patents at an even faster clip. See the list below. Perhaps these metropolitan areas will be the engines of future growth.

 

Growth in U.S. patents received

 

Metropolitan Area (2002–2011)     

Growth in U.S. patents received (percent)

Total patents awarded

Seattle–Tacoma–Bellevue, WA

175%        

3,597

Raleigh–Cary, NC

76

1,197

San Diego–Carlsbad–San Marcos, CA

68

3,293

Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta, GA

62

1,680

San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont, CA

60

6,468

San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara, CA

59

10,256

Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos, TX

49

2,460

Boston–Cambridge–Quincy, MA–NH

46

4,537

Portland–Vancouver–Hillsboro, OR–WA

40

1,753

Large but not on the high-growth list:

   

New York City–northern New Jersey–Long Island

14

6,252

Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana, CA

33

5,154

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