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The top patent earner in Indiana last year

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June 21, 2023
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The top patent earner in Indiana 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 Indiana 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.

Purdue Research Foundation was the top patent-earner in Indiana last year. It was issued 151 patents from the USPTO within the state, comprising 14.6% of all patents considered for the statewide analysis. Purdue Research Foundation earned patents for tech involved in glaucoma therapy and virtual reality. The foundation operates as the research arm of Purdue University.

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 Indiana last year.

#21. Samtec, Inc.
- Patents issued: 10

#19. Zimmer, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 11

#19. Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 11

#18. University of Notre Dame Du Lac
- Patents issued: 12

#16. Biomet Manufacturing, LLC (tie)
- Patents issued: 13

#16. Berry Global, Inc. (tie)
- Patents issued: 13

#15. The Trustees of Indiana University
- Patents issued: 15

#14. Allison Transmission, Inc.
- Patents issued: 16

#13. Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.
- Patents issued: 20

#12. Corteva Agriscience LLC
- Patents issued: 31

#11. Cook Medical Technologies LLC
- Patents issued: 32

#10. Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
- Patents issued: 34

#9. Agrigenetics, Inc.
- Patents issued: 39

#8. Eli Lilly and Co.
- Patents issued: 42

#7. Schlage Lock Co. LLC
- Patents issued: 61

#6. Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
- Patents issued: 75

#5. Roche Holdings, Inc.
- Patents issued: 92

#4. Rolls-Royce Corp.
- Patents issued: 103

#3. Delta Faucet Co.
- Patents issued: 112

#2. Cummins, Inc.
- Patents issued: 142

#1. Purdue Research Foundation
- Patents issued: 151

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