It's a bit surprising that Maine would be in the Top 10 of least innovative states in the Union. A new analysis reports that this is true.

Maine has had quite a few inventors in her history.

Chester Greenwood of Farmington is credited for creating the earmuff, Roy Trombley of Presque Isle is credited for creating the potato hoist, and Hiram Stevens Maxim of Sangerville is credited for being the father of the machine gun.

A few others were known inventors who hailed from the Pine Tree State as well.

In light of all of that, according to data from, out of the 50 states, Maine came in with the 10th fewest patents, per capita, in the country.

The study included research at what types of patents were the most popular as well as the most innovative countries around the world who are applying for and receiving, grants from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the report, in June of 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued its 10 millionth patent.

The most innovative state in America, according to the report, is California, however, Massachusetts checked in at #2.


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