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TABLE 1: Summary of Patent Examining Activities

TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(As of September 30 of each fiscal year)
PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITY 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Applications filed, total
311,807 344,717 353,394 355,418 376,810
       Utility 1
291,653 324,211 331,580 331,729 351,431
       Reissue
    805     956     974     938     800
       Plant
    786     914   1,134     785   1,111
       Design
 18,563  18,636  19,706  21,966  23,468
Provisional Applications Filed 2
 78,963  86,123  89,537  92,517 102,278
First actions
       Design
 17,856  17,748  19,029  19,013  17,328
       Utility, Plant, and Reissue
237,421 241,770 275,054 283,111 288,315
       PCT/Chapter 1
 16,331  17,972  19,460  23,277  17,935
Patent application disposals, total
252,871 257,467 279,297 303,635 304,921
Allowed patent applications, total
182,888 183,394 189,191 205,879 195,611
       Design
 16,688  16,526  17,377  17,596  16,262
       Utility, Plant, and Reissue
166,200 166,868 171,814 188,283 179,349

Abandoned, total

 69,895  74,014  90,092  97,745 109,295
       Design
  1,839   1,448   1,675   1,569   1,471
       Utility, Plant, and Reissue
 68,056  72,566  88,417  96,176 107,824
Statutory invention registration disposals, total
     88      59      14      11      15
PCT/Chapter II examinations completed
 15,471  18,859  16,456  21,005  19,439
Applications Published 3
    25,359 169,729 243,007 248,561
Patents issued 4
182,223 187,822 177,317 189,597 187,170
       Utility
164,490 169,576 160,843 171,500 169,296
       Reissue
    561     504     466     394     343
       Plant
    453     563     912   1,178     998
       Design
 16,719  17,179  15,096  16,525  16,533
Pendency time of average patent application 5
   25.0    24.7    24.0    26.7    27.6
Reexamination certificates issued
    276     287     200     193     138
PCT international applications received by USPTO as receiving office
 36,671  43,322  42,889  42,969  45,396
National requirements received by USPTO as designated/elected office
 23,628  26,821  29,846  32,753  37,173
Patents renewed under Public Law (P.L.) 102-204 6
206,255 205,117 194,143 253,475 269,815
Patents expired under P.L. 102-204 6
 47,958  49,077  53,724  57,770  63,552

Notes:

1: Utility patents include chemical, electrical and mechanical applications. (back to text)

2: Provisional applications provided for in P.L. 103-465. (back to text)

3: Eighteen-month publication of patent applications provided for in the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, P.L. 106-113. (back to text)

4: Excludes withdrawn numbers. (back to text)

5: Average time (in months) between filing and issuance or abandonment of utility, plant, and reissue applications. This average does not include design patents. (back to text)

6: The provisions of P.L. 102-204 regarding the renewal of patents superceded P.L. 96-517 and P.L. 97-247. (back to text)


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