Los Angeles companies have been transitioning from communications to bio-tech. In contrast, Irvine has consistently been inventing in the areas of surgery, bio-tech and prosthesis.
In Orange County, the story is a bit different. Irvine is the patent hub for patenting activity in Orange County although there are other notable cities such as Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Newport Beach and Aliso Viejo. Nonetheless, Irvine still outpaces every other city by a factor of four. Hence, I’ll focus my analysis to Irvine since it would most represent Orange County. Here is the evolution chart for Irvine.
At first glance, it appears that Irvine companies are heavily patenting in the areas of telecommunications. However, a deeper look reveals that the numbers are a bit skewed because of Broadcom, Inc. which is the patent king, not only of Irvine but Orange County. In fact, they obtain more patents than all companies in Irvine. Here is the evolution chart for Broadcom, Inc.
Based on the prior two evolution charts, if you back out the data for Broadcom, Inc., Irvine companies invent and obtain patents in the areas of surgery, bio-tech and prosthesis.
The data has been graciously provided by Cobalt IP. They are doing some amazing analysis as Cobalt IP. Check them out. I plan on doing a blog post on various online DIY patent search engines. Currently, I use a mixture but freepatentsonline.com, which is related to Cobalt IP is the one that I use to retrieve and print patent documents.
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