Through the link below, you’ll find 500 of Minnesota’s leading inventors, whose dreaming, tinkering, and old-fashioned hard work have propelled the state to the forefront of innovation.
The Top Inventors list was compiled by Patent Buddy, a Minneapolis company founded by attorneys from Minneapolis-based IP firm Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, along with help from California-based Gazelle Technologies and Minneapolis-based Contata Solutions, LLC. Patent Buddy extracted data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and applied a proprietary formula that takes into account several factors. The total number of U.S. patents granted during the past five years, as well as the number of patent applications published, are included in the algorithm; other factors considered include the influence of issued patents as measured by forward citation count and the number of times an individual is listed as “lead inventor” in patent filings.
Inventors are broken down by industry and listed below the company with which they were associated according to USPTO records as of May 31, 2012. Companies with the most Top Inventors are listed first.
To view the complete list of Minnesota's 500 Top Inventors
in the January issue of Twin Cities Business, click here.