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|Rank||Company||No. patents 2010-2014 (Maine-based inventors)/No. patents 2014 (Maine-based inventors)|
|1||Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., South Portland (2)||142/33|
|2||United Technologies Corp., Hartford, Conn.||68/16|
|3||National Semiconductor Corp. (3), Dallas, Texas||58(4)/5(4)|
(1) Patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor. Only companies with at least one utility patent granted for year 2014 were considered for this list.
(2) Headquartered in San Jose, Calif.
(3) National Semiconductor was acquired by Texas Instruments in September 2011.
(4) Patent count is for National Semiconductor Corp.
SOURCE: U.S. Patent Office./Compiled by Heide Martin.