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Table 1. Summary of Patent Examining Activities

Summary of Patent Examining Activities as of September 30 of each Fiscal Year for Fiscal Years 1997 through 2001
TABLE 1
SUMMARY OF PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(As of September 30 of each fiscal year)
PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITY
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001

Applications filed, total

237,045

256,666

278,268

311,807

344,717
  Utility /1, /2
219,486
238,850
259,618
291,653
324,211
  Reissue /2
607
582
664
805
956
  Plant /2
680
658
759
786
914
  Design
16,272
16,576
17,227
18,563
18,636
First actions
  Design
15,038
16,836
18,050
17,856
17,748
  Utility, Plant, and Reissue
193,635
192,849
226,642
237,421
241,770
  PCT/Chapter 1
12,268
13,430
14,316
16,331
17,972


Patent application disposals, total

212,763
220,333
238,292
252,871
257,467

Allowed Patent Applications, total /3

148,802
158,259
171,685
182,888
183,394
  Design
13,562
15,214
16,305
16,688
16,526
  Utility, Plant, and Reissue
135,240
143,045
155,380
166,200
166,868


Abandoned, total

63,878
61,994
66,493
69,895
74,014
  Design
2,511
1,892
2,431
1,839
1,448
  Utility, Plant, and Reissue
61,367
60,102
64,062
68,056
72,566

Statutory invention registration disposals, total
83
80
114
88
59
PCT/Chapter II examinations completed
11,582
12,223
12,886
15,471
18,859
Patents issued /4
122,977
154,579
159,166
182,223
187,822
  Utility
111,979
139,298
142,856
164,490
169,576
  Reissue
267
284
437
561
504
  Plant
400
577
393
453
563
  Design
10,331
14,420
15,480
16,719
17,179

Allowed applications, issue fee not paid /5
5,599
6,853
4,000
7,633
6,985
Pendency time of average patent application /6
22.2
23.8
25.0
25.0
24.7
Reexamination requests
376
350
385
318
296
Reexamination certificates issued
334
317
243
276
287
PCT search reports prepared
12,048
12,859
14,116
15,896
16,692
PCT international applications received by USPTO as receiving office
22,767
27,138
30,305
36,671
43,322
National requirements received by USPTO as designated/elected office
13,858
17,305
19,941
23,628
26,821
International preliminary examination reports
11,738
12,003
14,615
15,044
17,740
Patents renewed under P.L. 102-204 /7
138,695
135,462
156,414
206,255
205,117
Patents expired under P.L. 102-204 /7
54,485
41,063
52,289
47,958
49,077

1/ Utility patents include chemical, electrical and mechanical applications.
2/ Utility, Plant, and Reissue applications revised from 1996 - 2000 to reflect the latest actual counts in PALM.
3/ Allowed Patent Applications are applications awaiting issuance (i.e., publication) as patents.
4/ Excludes withdrawn numbers.
5/ 35 U.S.C. § 151 (includes design applications).
6/ Average time (in months) between filing and issuance or abandonment of utility, plant, and reissue applications. This average does not include design patents.
7/ The provisions of P.L. 102-204 regarding the renewal of patents superceded P.L. 96-517 and P.L. 97-247. FY 1999 column revised from FY 1999 report.

 

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