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2013 June 29

Santa Cruz as patent center?

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I’ve always thought that Santa Cruz was somewhat underrated as a high-tech place, because of its proximity to the much larger Silicon Valley, but I was surprised to see that it is one of the top 10 places in patents per capita:

Almost 2/3 of U.S. patents are developed by people living in just 20 metro areas, which are home to 1 in 3 Americans. From 2007 to 2011, the places with the highest number of patents per capita are: San Jose (computer hardware and peripherals), Burlington, Vt. (semiconductor devices), Rochester, Minn. (computer hardware), Corvallis, Ore. (semiconductors), Boulder, Colo. (communications), Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (semiconductors), Ann Arbor, Mich. (motors, engines and parts), San Francisco and Oakland (biotechnology), Austin, Texas (computer hardware) and Santa Cruz, Calif. (computer hardware).

via 10 Surprising Facts About Patents : Discovery News.

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