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March 02, 2000
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Press Release, 00-16

1999 Patent Statistics Announced

In calendar year 1999, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted record 169,154 patents, including 153,493 utility (inventions), 14,732 design, and 421 plant patents. In calendar year 1998, the USPTO issued 163,208 patents.

U.S. resident inventors received 55.6 percent of all U.S. patents in 1999. California resident inventors claimed a 20 percent share (18,865 patents) of these patents, followed by inventors from New York (7.3 percent, 6,900 patents), Texas (6.8 percent, 6,424 patents), New Jersey (4.6 percent, 4,372 patents), and Illinois (4.6 percent, 4,308 patents).  Inventors in Puerto Rico, Idaho, South Dakota, Kentucky, Arkansas, Kansas, and Wyoming had the largest percentage increases in patents from 1998 to 1999.

"The ingenuity and creativity of American inventors has established the U.S. as the technological leader among nations, fueling this country's longest economic expansion," noted Q. Todd Dickinson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks.

Forty four percent of U.S. patents were issued to residents of foreign nations. The ten foreign countries that received the most U.S. patents during calendar year 1999 are displayed below. For more statistics, please visit http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/speeches/pattr99.pdf .

1999 1999 Share of (1998) (1998 to 1999)

Rank
# Patents
All Patents
Country *
(Rank in 1998)
(# Patents)
(Change in # Patents)
1
32,515
19.2%
Japan
(1)
(32,119)
( + 1.2% )
2
9,896
5.9%
Germany
(2)
(9,582)
( + 3.3% )
3
4,526
2.7%
Taiwan
(4)
(3,805)
( +18.9%)
4
4,097
2.4%
France
(3)
(3,991)
( + 2.7% )
5
3,900
2.3%
United Kingdom
(5)
(3,726)
( + 4.7% )
6
3,679
2.2%
South Korea
(7)
(3,362)
( + 9.4% )
7
3,678
2.2%
Canada
(6)
(3,537)
( + 4.0% )
8
1,686
1.0%
Italy
(8)
(1,820)
( - 7.4% )
9
1,542
0.9%
Sweden
(11)
(1,346)
( +14.6% )
10
1,396
0.8%
Netherlands
(9)
(1,382)
( + 1.0% )

* Please note that the country of origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor.

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