uspto.gov
Skip over navigation

TABLE 1: Summary of Patent Examining Activities

TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2002 - FY 2006) PRELIMINARY FOR FY 2006 1
PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITY 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Applications filed, total 2
353,394 355,418 378,984 409,532 443,652
         Utility 3
331,580 331,729 353,319 381,797 415,551
         Reissue
    974     938     996   1,143   1,173
         Plant
  1,134     785   1,212   1,288   1,095
         Design
 19,706  21,966  23,457  25,304  25,833
Provisional Applications Filed 4
 89,537  92,517 102,268 111,753 121,307
First actions
         Design
 19,029  19,013  17,328  20,108  23,291
         Utility, Plant, and Reissue
275,054 283,111 288,315 297,287 320,349
         PCT/Chapter
 19,460  23,277  17,935  22,795  25,034
Patent application disposals, total
279,297 303,635 304,921 298,838 332,535
Allowed patent applications, total
189,191 205,879 195,611 182,254 186,593
         Design
 17,377  17,596  16,262  18,161  20,721
         Utility, Plant, and Reissue
171,814 188,283 179,349 164,093 165,872
Abandoned, total
 90,092  97,745 109,295 116,564 145,912
         Design
  1,675   1,569   1,471   1,332   2,125
         Utility, Plant, and Reissue
 88,417  96,176 107,824 115,232 143,787
Statutory invention registration disposals, total
     14      11      15      20      30
PCT/Chapter II examinations completed
 16,456  21,005  19,439  12,594   7,295
Applications Published 5
169,729 243,007 248,561 291,221 291,259
Patents issued 6
177,312 189,590 187,170 165,483 183,187
         Utility
160,839 171,493 169,296 151,077 162,509
         Reissue
    465     394     343     195     500
         Plant
    912   1,178     998     816   1,106
         Design
 15,096  16,525  16,533  13,395  19,072
Pendency time of average patent application 7
   24.0    26.7    27.6    29.1    31.1
Reexamination certificates issued
    200     193     138     223     329
PCT international applications received by USPTO as receiving office
 42,889  42,969  45,396  46,926  52,911
National requirements received by USPTO as designated/elected office
 29,846  32,753  37,173  39,385  45,095
Patents renewed under Public Law (P.L.) 102-204 8 (Preliminary)
194,143 253,475 269,815 268,935 324,913
Patents expired under P.L. 102-204 8 (Preliminary)
 53,724  57,770  63,552  67,534  72,654

Notes:

1: FY 2006 data are preliminary and will be finalized in the FY 2007 PAR. (back to text)

2: FY 2005 application data has been updated with final end of year numbers. (back to text)

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

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

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

6: Excludes withdrawn numbers. Past years’ data may have been revised from prior year reports. (back to text)

7: 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)

8: 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)

< Previous Page | Next Page >

United States Patent and Trademark Office
This page is owned by Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
Last Modified: 7/4/2009 2:10:46 PM