Technology Alliance Group (TAG) for Northwest Washington

PNNL Whatcom Intellectual Property Analysis

Monday, December 20, 2010 6:50 PM | Anna Ehnmark

In May 2010, TAG partnered with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to perform an IP Asset Mapping study to map and analyze patent activity and identify areas of technology and research strength in Whatcom County. 

TAG recently hosted a workshop in partnership with WWU and the Port of Bellingham where Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) presented a report on Whatcom County's Intellectual Property. Some highlights from the report show:

  • Whatcom County has a healthy base of intellectual property with an increasing rate of patent applications. Whatcom County has a total of 697 utility patents.
  • There are more inventors than patent assignees suggesting an intellectual property export. Only 40 percent of patents are assigned to local companies and individuals.
  • A surprising number of patents in the smaller cities.
  • Whatcom County has an above average number of design patents compared to utility patents.
  • Patent clusters include process and mechanical apparatus, aerosol systems and IT/networking related-technology.
  • Interesting patents related to shoes, bicycles, orthotics, wood ovens, tree climbing equipment and knife designs.


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