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Life Sciences U.S. Patent Approvals Driven by R&D Talent Cluster Locations

JLL report ranks California top U.S. state for patent approvals, followed by Minnesota

CHICAGO, April 18, 2013 — Innovation is more necessary than ever in the United States’ post-patent-cliff market, as chronicled in the annual Jones Lang LaSalle Life Sciences Cluster Report. One way to measure locations that have the right mix of talent, funding and critical mass is to track patent activity—and though Boston is consistently ranked as the top life sciences geographic cluster overall, Massachusetts is outpaced by both California and Minnesota in the registration of life science patent approvals, according to data from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

“Not coincidentally, all of the top 10 states for life science patent approvals are home to top life sciences market clusters—areas where intellectual capital, funds and facilities for this industry are thriving,” said Richard McBlaine, International Director on the Life Sciences team at Jones Lang LaSalle. “Top patent-producing states include a particularly strong base of R&D facilities and productivity, in addition to the other factors that drive the industry as a whole.”

According to data from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the following are the top 10 states for life science patent approvals:

*Note: data has been updated to reflect 2011 information on pharmaceutical and medical device patents.

The U.S. life sciences sector is expected to spend $82.7 billion in research and development in 2013, a 1.4 percent increase from the $81.5 billion invested in 2012, according to the annual 2013 Global R&D Funding Forecast produced by Battelle and R&D Magazine.

“Many biopharmaceutical companies are restructuring their R&D operations with an eye toward narrowing their focus, reducing costs and improving productivity of R&D activities,” said McBlaine. “U.S. life sciences companies pay a premium for access to talent, facilities and funding sources for research in the U.S., while looking abroad for conducting clinical trials and other operations.” 

Publicly funded incentives, newly constructed incubators and R&D parks are also influencing life sciences R&D investments to some degree. Connecticut is ranked #8 for number of life science patent approvals, while Westchester/New Haven is, at #11, close to breaking into the top tier of U.S. clusters in part because of its targeted incentive packages.

The complete findings of Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2012 Life Sciences Cluster Report are available in a dedicated microsite available here:

A PDF of the report can be downloaded here:

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