10. Delaware
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DuPont EcoConcept is a patented ecofriendly system that allows auto manufacturers to eliminate an entire coat in the painting process.
Patents per thousand residents: 1.97

Per capita, Delaware is full of Ph.Ds.

Alan Levin, cabinet secretary of the Delaware Economic Development Office, attributes that to the University of Delaware's engineering school and the state's proximity to Philadelphia's top universities.

Inventors are also boosted by the fact that the state is nearly equidistant between New York and Washington -- the nation's financial and government centers.

Big corporate patent centers include DuPont (DD, Fortune 500),AstraZeneca (AZN) and Incyte (INCY).


Source: Patents per thousands residents, based on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office data as published in the 2012 State Entrepreneurship Index from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  @CNNMoney - Last updated October 26 2012 02:37 PM ET
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