U.S. patents awarded to Orange County companies increased by 14% in 2011
January 2, 2012 1 Comment
A review of the statistics of U.S. patents awarded by the USPTO to entities in Orange County shows that, in 2011, Orange County experienced success that significantly outpaced the small increase in the total number of U.S. patents granted by the USPTO during the year.
Orange County entities were awarded 2709 U.S. patents in 2011, an increase of about 14% over the total for 2010. For comparison, this success occurred in a year in which the total number of U.S. patents granted by the USPTO only increased by about 1.35%. Orange County’s patents represent about 1.1% of the total number of U.S. patents (246,698) granted by the USPTO in 2011.
About 9% of these Orange County patents were design patents, which is nearly the same as the percentage of design patents awarded overall by the USPTO. Historically, this percentage represents a slight decrease from Orange County’s 10-12% in the previous four years.
The eight OC companies awarded the highest numbers of U.S. patents in 2011 had the following numbers of U.S. patents and percentages (as compared to their 2010 results):
Broadcom: 1074; +24%
Allergan: 133; +27%
Western Digital: 86; +28%
AMO: 75; +83%
Edwards Lifesciences: 40; +33%
Newport Media: 38; +90%
Masimo: 36; +125%
QLogic: 34; -11%
Other OC companies that had a prolific 2011 in patents were Beckman Coulter (29), GP Medical (27), Conexant (26), Oakley (24), BSH Home Appliance (23), Applied Medical (22), and Emulex (22). These 15 companies represent about 62% of the U.S. patents granted to Orange County in 2011.
My firm, Knobbe Martens, had a successful year for our Orange County clients, obtaining 276 U.S. patents for our more than 80 Orange County clients, across a wide range of technical areas. This number of OC patents represents an increase of about +37% over 2010.