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Table 3: Patent Applications Pending Prior to Allowance

TABLE 3: PATENT APPLICATIONS PENDING PRIOR TO ALLOWANCE1
(FY 1991 - FY 2011)
Year Awaiting Action by Examiner Total Applications Pending2
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
2006 701,147 1,003,884
2007 760,924 1,112,517
2008 771,529 1,208,076
2009 735,961 1,207,794
2010 726,331 1,163,751
2011 690,967 1,168,928

Notes:

1: Includes patent applications 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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