#MySci411: Data Shows Lehigh Valley Among Most Inventive U.S. Areas
Data demonstrates that the Lehigh Valley area’s economy is one of the most innovative and inventive in the United States, according to a recent analysis by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).
The study ranked the Lehigh Valley 61st out of 358 American metropolitan areas in terms of the number of United States Patents earned from 2010-2013. That ranking puts the Lehigh Valley in the nation’s top 18 percent, according the study. The study also ranked the Lehigh Valley area 21st out of 163 of those metropolitan areas with populations of between 200,000 and one million people.
There were 1,348 U.S. Patents earned in the Lehigh Valley area from 2010-2013, according to the study, with Air Products in Trexlertown, Pa., earning 190 patents during that time and Lutron Electronics in Coopersburg, Pa., earning 102 patents.
One patent earned in the Lehigh Valley area from 2010-2013 was received by William Schopf of Whitehall, Pa. Schopf earned a patent in Sept. 2012 at the age of 14 for a wind-mill battery charger for solar-powered vehicles that would work more efficiently and allow a solar car to operate at night. Schopf began developing his invention at the age of 10 through the Da Vinci Science Center’s Inventor’s Lab Program.
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