Economic research

We undertake and support economic analyses on policy issues related to intellectual property (IP) and on the broader roles and impacts of IP in the economy. The Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) leads these efforts through engagement with scholars, collaboration on research projects, and conference events. OCE also releases datasets on USPTO patents and trademarks to advance economic research on IP. 

Featured IP infographic

PatentsView: Patents in the Midwest region

The Midwest has historically been an industrial powerhouse of the United States. From the map below, the top patent-producing assignees in the Midwest are located near Detroit, Chicago, and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Despite this concentration, there is strong patenting activity throughout all the states in the region. Read more on what makes the Midwest an industrial powerhouse.

Geographic visualization of patents in the upper midwest

For previous infographics, visit the IP infograpics page.