Updated 8/23/17

The Office of Enterprise and Innovation (previously the Technology Transfer Office), a partnership between UNR and DRI works to facilitate economic development through the commercialization and protection of university technologies.  In turn, these technological innovations have the potential to benefit our local economic development. [Note that of the fiscal year 2015 patents issues, 33 were issued in various European countries from one European application filed in 2008; 2016 included 1 foreign]

The Brookings Institution released, “Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas” analyzing patenting trends on a metro/regional level from 1980 to 2012.  Click on the title to view data from other metro areas.  Below are screen shots from the two metro areas included from Nevada.

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The Reno-Sparks MSA had 5.86 patents per 10,000 people in 2001 which ranked 116th among the 318 reporting MSAs. International Gaming Technology was the leading patent organization locally, with 32 patents from 1997 to 2001; UNR reported five patents for the same time period. From 2002 to 2004, UNR realized 11 patents issued. [Source: “Identifying the Economic Drivers and import substitution opportunities for the Western Nevada Study Area with Applications to the City of Sparks,” UNR Department of Agriculture, September 2005.]  Since 2005, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of disclosures and applications. Link for US patents issued to Nevada residents.  Washoe County had a rate of 32.69 patents per 100,000 population in 2001, which increased to 84.59 by 2013.


  • *Three types of patents: 1) utility-granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof; 2) design-granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; and 3) plant-granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.
  • **Utility patents originating from Washoe County by year of patent grant, starting 2006


US Patent & Trademark Office;

Technology Transfer Office, University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute,

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TMT members can download the data files used to monitor indicators.