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Patents at Record High

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Patents at Record High

The number of patents granted relative to the size of the population was approximately equal to the national average in Arizona from 1980 through 2008. Since then, the Arizona figure has been lower than the national average in each year by at least 8 percent. The differential was 21 percent in 2013, the largest since 1972. The per capita number of patents nationally has increased substantially since 2009. A smaller gain was registered in Arizona from 2009 through 2012, but the 2013 figure dropped marginally.