Study indicates Louisiana is the 5th least innovative state

September 20, 2018 - 9:02 pm

Over the summer, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its 10 millionth patent. But where are those patents being issued?

( - Over the past five years, Louisiana was issued the fifth lowest number of patents per capita compared to other states. Content Strategist at Digital Third Coast Roxy Fata says the metrics shown by a recent study indicate the Bayou State is one of the least innovative states in the nation.

"W just looked at companies that were getting patents issued and were applying for patent issues and they were always at the top of their industry, and for us that was a nice baseline," says Fata.

Fata says it’s a pretty steep climb to catch up with the number one most innovative state in the nation.

"When you look, in comparison with California, they are 100 times more per capita getting patent issues," says Fata.

Fata says there is potential for improvement with the industries that are present in the state.

"With manufacturing and stuff happening in Louisiana, there is a lot of opportunity for that to happen as well," says Fata.

Fata says there is no shortage of Southeastern states at the bottom of the list with Arkansas just behind Louisiana and Mississippi coming in dead last.


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