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The top patent earner in Colorado last year

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June 21, 2023
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The top patent earner in Colorado last year

Tech and engineering firms were the most inventive patent winners across the U.S. last year—a year marked by growing tension with foreign nations racing to bring world-changing tech like artificial intelligence and space satellites to market.

Nearly 160,000 patents were assigned across the U.S. in 2022, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. When a patent is awarded through the USPTO, the individual or company that it's given to has the license to a temporary monopoly on business for that specific product or service. Companies have used patent law for decades to defend their intellectual property—including designs and devices against competitors that might attempt to profit off of stolen ideas.

ClickUp used data from the Patent and Trademark Office to find the top patent earner in Colorado based on the number of patents assigned in USPTO's fiscal year 2022, which ran from Oct. 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022. This analysis was part of a broader national report on the top patent earner in every state. The data looks at the assignees for both regular utility and design patents and was limited to assignees that received at least 10 patents within the year.

Dish Network Corp. was the top patent-earner in Colorado last year. It was issued 106 patents from the USPTO within the state, comprising 15.3% of all patents considered for the statewide analysis. Dish Network Corp. earned patents in 2022 for technologies to automate parts of the video editing process and methods for using voice to control media devices.

Nationally, the vast majority of top patent earners last year were private organizations. Private spending on research and development by U.S. companies has skyrocketed since the economic downturn of the late 2000s. In 2020, it was estimated to total $531 billion, according to the latest available data from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics. But nine colleges and universities rose to the top in their respective states for patent filing, as well.

Read on to see who else scooped up the rights to the most cutting-edge tech in Colorado last year.

#25. Otter Products, LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 10

#25. Nite Ize, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 10

#25. Hach Co. (tie)
- Patents issued: 10

#25. Gogo Business Aviation LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 10

#22. Particle Measuring Systems, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 11

#22. Micro Motion, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 11

#22. Hewlett-Packard Development (tie)
- Patents issued: 11

#19. Inscripta, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 12

#19. Clmbr1, LLC. (tie)
- Patents issued: 12

#19. Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (tie)
- Patents issued: 12

#16. Wheel Pros, LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 13

#16. CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 13

#16. Ami Industries, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 13

#15. The Western Union Co.
- Patents issued: 14

#13. Stolle Machinery Co., LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 15

#13. Paragon 28, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 15

#12. Water Pik, Inc.
- Patents issued: 16

#10. Woodward, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 17

#10. Colorado State University Research Foundation (tie)
- Patents issued: 17

#9. Bestop, Inc.
- Patents issued: 20

#8. Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
- Patents issued: 23

#7. Johns Manville
- Patents issued: 24

#6. Palantir Technologies, Inc.
- Patents issued: 33

#5. Kpn Innovations, LLC.
- Patents issued: 45

#4. Level 3 Communications, LLC
- Patents issued: 50

#3. The Regents of the University of Colorado
- Patents issued: 70

#2. Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
- Patents issued: 80

#1. Dish Network Corp.
- Patents issued: 106

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