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Table 5: Summary of Total Pending Patent Applications

TABLE 5: SUMMARY OF TOTAL PENDING PATENT APPLICATIONS
(FY 2011)
Stage of Processing Utility, Plant and
Reissue Applications
Design
Applications
Total Patent
Applications

Pending patent applications, total
1,217,134 33,057 1,250,191

In preexamination processing, total
82,176 3,597 85,773

Under examination, total
1,059,365 23,047 1,082,412
Undocketed 151,113 5,000 156,113
Awaiting first action by examiner 436,336 12,745 449,081
Subtotal applications awaiting first action by examiner3 669,625 21,342 690,967
Rejected, awaiting response by applicant 284,323 4,318 288,641
Amended, awaiting action by examiner 143,911 868 144,779
In interference 2,073 16 2,089
On appeal, and other1 41,609 100 41,709

In post-examination processing, total
75,593 6,413 82,006
Awaiting issue fee 50,347 4,476 54,823
Awaiting printing2 22,005 1,936 23,941
D-10s (secret cases in condition for allowance) 3,241 1 3,242

Notes:

1: Includes cases on appeal and undergoing petitions. (back to text)

2: Includes withdrawn cases. (back to text)

3: Subtotal is not included in pending patent applications total. (back to text)

United States Patent and Trademark Office
Last Modified: 01/03/2012 14:04:41