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Table 3: Patents Applications Pending Prior to Allowance

 

TABLE 3: PATENT APPLICATIONS PENDING PRIOR TO ALLOWANCE  Read Note 1 1
(FY 1985 - FY 2005)
Year Awaiting action by examiner Total applications pending  Read Note 2 2
1985  90,648 215,512
1986  80,547 207,774
1987  65,010 209,911
1988  75,678 215,280
1989  92,377 222,755
1990 104,179 244,964
1991 104,086 254,507
1992 112,201 269,596
1993  99,904 244,646
1994 107,824 261,249
1995 124,275 298,522
1996 139,943 303,720
1997 112,430 275,295
1998 224,446 379,484
1999 243,207 414,837
2000 308,056 485,129
2001 355,779 542,007
2002 433,691 636,530
2003 471,382 674,691
2004 528,685 756,604
2005 611,114 885,002

Notes:

 1: Includes patents pending at end of period indicated, and includes utility, reissue, plant, and design applications. Does not include allowed applications.  (back to text) 

 2: Applications under examination, including those in preexamination processing.  (back to text) 

 

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