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The Today File

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July 18, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Seattle named one of world’s most inventive cities

Microsoft Store, University Village (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Microsoft Store, University Village (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Forbes magazine reports that Seattle is one of the world’s 15 most inventive cities.

The ranking is based on a metric known as “patent intensity” — that is, the ratio of patent applications to the total population.  The patent data, collected by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development,  show 4.25 patent applications for every 10,000 residents in the Seattle metropolitan area.  That is the 13th highest patent intensity in the world.

The top city for patent intensity is Eindhoven, Netherlands, with 22.58 patents per 10,000 residents.  San Diego, the highest-ranking U.S. city, is No. 2 overall.  Other U.S. cities that made the list are San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, and Raleigh.

The United States and Europe — particularly Germany and Sweden — dominate the rankings.  Surprisingly, no Japanese city made the top-15.

The complete list can be viewed here.

 

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