Houston 10th Most Inventive City

by | Jun 8, 2009 | Observations

The most recent e-bulletin from the Rice Alliance alerted me to the latest rankings from BusinessWeek.  Houston is ranked number 10 for the world’s most inventive cities based on the number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Not surprisingly San Francisco/Silicon Valley was ranked number one.  Below is what BusinessWeek said about Houston:

“Houston is the capital of the American oil industry, with ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, and Halliburton all headquartered there. But the biggest city in Texas doesn’t rely on petroleum engineers alone for patents; it derives them as well from medical researchers at Rice University and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.”

It’s good to see Rice and M.D. Anderson mentioned.  Houston is about more than just energy and I’m glad we’re getting national recognition for that.  In case you’re wondering Dallas and Austin also made the list at numbers 18 and 21 respectively. 

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