The most significant trade secrets of Seattle’s textiles industry, the ones that allow it to compete with its larger rivals, are being underreported, according to a new study.
The Washington State University researchers analyzed more than 100 textile and textile-related patents in the state.
They found that only one of the state’s 12 major textile producers had been awarded more than one of these patents.
In fact, only one textile producer received more than five patents in a single year in the last 10 years.
“That’s the problem with the state: It’s hard to track them,” said study co-author Robert A. Schleicher, a professor of industrial economics at the UW.
The researchers used data from the Seattle-based Intellectual Property Rights Database (IPRD), which has been compiling patent data since 2008.
The IPRD is a consortium of organizations that gather information on intellectual property rights.
The IPRD includes the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute of Technology in the Arts (ITAA), the American Society of Registered Public Accountant (ASPA), and the National Association of Public Accountancy (NAPA).
They all have patents that they filed in the United States and elsewhere.
Schleichers said the IPRD was built on a combination of public information, court decisions, and industry surveys that have been collected by many organizations.
He said they have found that companies like Nike, Samsung, and General Electric have received patent applications from each other, but the details of those applications are often not published.
Schlesicher said that companies with large patent portfolios like Nike and Samsung often use a variety of methods to track their patents, but only rarely disclose those methods.
The patent information is sometimes only available on a company’s website.
“I don’t know if the [IPRD] has a patent database,” Schleisicher told ABC News.
“It doesn’t seem to be very comprehensive.”
The study found that more than a third of the more than 300,000 patent applications filed in Washington in the decade between 2008 and 2016 did not include a detailed description of the patent, according the IPDS website.
In many cases, those patents were granted without any description of what the invention was, according an analysis by the Seattle Times.
The study also found that the most commonly used method of patenting a textile was to file a patent application, which allows the company to apply for and receive patents in almost any country.
The average annual cost of filing a patent in the US is more than $3 million, according The Washington State Business and Industry Association.
In the past decade, there have been a number of large patent applications granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
In 2014, the office granted 1,890 patent applications.
The patent office is responsible for issuing the patents in America, but they don’t have to follow the rules in any particular country, Schlesichers explained.
Schlicecher said the US patent system should be overhauled to make it easier for companies to file patents in every country.
“If the US does this, then we can get the US to be a really good place to be,” he said.