GOOG), Apple ( AAPL) and Facebook headquartered in its boundaries. (Amazon.com is based in Seattle, Washington). Earning 219 out of a total 225 points, California surpassed even its own 2010 performance due in large part, to the number of patents issued to its residents. At 27,337, California residents received more patents than the next four runners-up combined.
By Jennifer Leigh Parker, Special to CNBC.com
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