If you are starting or considering starting your own business, North Dakota offers some great resources. These include:
Inventors from North Dakota have filed nearly 3,000 patents. Their patents range from soybean varieties to special coatings for fishing lures to methods for recharging a mobile robot.
North Dakotans have filed for more than 5,000 trademarks.
If the trademark lists a "Reg. Number," then the mark is a registered trademark. If not, then someone has applied for the trademark but it has not yet been granted. Also notice whether the mark is "Live" or "Dead" on the right column. If the mark is "Dead," then it may no longer be in use.