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TABLE 1: Summary of Patent Examining Activities

 

 (As of September 30 of each fiscal year)
PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITY
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Applications filed, total  Read Footnote 1 1
344,717 353,394 355,418 378,984 409,532
Utility  Read Footnote 2 2
  
324,211 331,580 331,729 353,319 381,797
Reissue
    956     974     938     996   1,143
Plant
    914   1,134     785   1,212   1,288
Design
 18,636  19,706  21,966  23,457  25,304
Provisional Applications Filed  Read Footnote 1 1 ,  Read Footnote 3 3
 86,123  89,537  92,517 102,268 111,753
First actions
Design
 17,748  19,029  19,013  17,328  20,108
Utility, Plant, and Reissue
241,770 275,054 283,111 288,315 297,287
PCT/Chapter
 17,972  19,460  23,277  17,935  22,795
Patent application disposals, total
257,467 279,297 303,635 304,921 298,838
Allowed patent applications, total
183,394 189,191 205,879 195,611 182,254
Design
 16,526  17,377  17,596  16,262  18,161
Utility, Plant, and Reissue
166,868 171,814 188,283 179,349 164,093
Abandoned, total
 74,014  90,092  97,745 109,295 116,564
Design
  1,448   1,675   1,569   1,471   1,332
Utility, Plant, and Reissue
 72,566  88,417  96,176 107,824 115,232
Statutory invention registration disposals, total
     59      14      11      15      20
PCT/Chapter II examinations completed
 18,859  16,456  21,005  19,439  12,594
Applications Published  Read Footnote 4 4  
   25,359 169,729 243,007 248,561 291,221
Patents issued   Read Footnote 5 5
187,822 177,317 189,597 187,170 165,485
Utility
169,576 160,843 171,500 169,296 151,079
Reissue
    504     466     394     343     195
Plant
    563     912   1,178     998     816
Design
 17,179  15,096  16,525  16,533  13,395
Pendency time of average patent application   Read Footnote 6 6
   24.7    24.0    26.7    27.6    29.1
Reexamination certificates issued
    287     200     193     138     223
PCT international applications received by USPTO as receiving office
 43,322  42,889  42,969  45,396  46,926
National requirements received by USPTO as designated/elected office
 26,821  29,846  32,753  37,173  39,385
Patents renewed under Public Law (P.L.) 102-204   Read Footnote 7 7 (Preliminary)
205,117 194,143 253,475 269,815 268,935
Patents expired under P.L. 102-204   Read Footnote 7 7 (Preliminary)
 49,077  53,724  57,770  63,552  67,534

Notes:

 1: FY 2004 data has been updated with final end of year numbers.  (back to text) 

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

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

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

 5: Excludes withdrawn numbers.  (back to text) 

 6: 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) 

 7: 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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