Business Insider did a feature looking at the “The 20 Most Innovative Startups in Tech.”  I became curious how many of these startups have IP assets, so I took a look at the USPTO assignment databases.  Details are below:

1) Codecademy received 2.5 million in funding to make learning Javascript easy and fun.  Codecademy is a Ryzac, Inc company.  The company has no patents, published patent applications or trademark filings.

2) Kaggle provides access to 17,000 PhD level scientists to solve complex problems.  Kaggle has no patents, published patent applciations or trademark filings.

3) Skillshare lets anyone teach a class in any topic they would like to teach.  Skillshare has no patents, published patent applications or trademark filings.

4) Sphero makes a ball that can be remotely controlled by a smartphone.  Sphero is a Orbotix, Inc company.  Orbotix has no patents, published patent applications or trademark filings.

5) Quora allows users to ask questions and get answers from experts. Quora has no patents, published patent applications or trademark filings.

6) Dwolla is a mobile payment system that links directly to bank accounts to bypass credit card fees. Dwolla has no patents, published patent applications or trademark filings.

7) ZocDoc lets users book doctor and dentist appointments online.  It has received almost 100 million dollars in funding to date.  Zocdoc has six published patent applications.  As expected, the patent applications are directed to appointment creation and tracking and to doctor referrals.

8) Simple merges your bank account into one and gets rid of the fees.  Simple has a single published patent application titled “systems and methods of predicting financial behavior.”

9) Taskrabbit allows users to supplement their income by performing tasks listed by others.  Taskrabbit has five trademark filings.

10) H.Blooom is a subscription service for flowers. H.Bloom has no patents, published patent applications or trademark filings.

11) Boundless Learning is attempting to create free textbooks from web content.  Boundless learning has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

12) Moviepass allows a subscriber to see as many movies as they want in the theater for $30 per month.  Moviepass has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

13) Joor allows boutiques to buy wholesale from designers. Joor has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

14) Kickstarter helps people raise money to fund their ideas.  Kickstarter has one trademark filing.  Kickstarter has no patents or applications, but it recently entered into litigation attempting to invalidate a crowdfunding patent.

15) Singly helps users track and organize their data. Singly has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

16) Dropbox is a cloud storage solution, which I wrote about recently.  Dropbox has no patents or published applications (for now), but it has a trademark.

17) Makerbot makes a 3D printer.  Makerbot has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

18) Roundtableis a group blogging platform. Roundtable has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

19) Greplin allows users to search their social network.  Greplin has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

20) Instagram allows for easy image sharing in a Twitter-line timeline.  Instagram is a Burbn, Inc company.  Burbn has no patents, published applications or trademark filings.

Overall, clearly, few of these startup companies have any IP holdings.  This is likely due to the fact that the list focuses on younger companies who likely have not had placed a focus on IP development.  It is unlikely that funds are to blame for this, as most of the companies appear to be fairly well funded.