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U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Patent Technology Monitoring Team (PTMT)

Patenting In U.S. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas
Breakout By Technology Class

Count of 2000 - 2011 Utility Patent Grants
As Distributed By Calendar Year of Grant

- Explanation of Data -

Rank Ordered Listing of Technology Classes Receiving 1 or More Utility Patents During the Period
Originating From

Asheville, NC

( Metropolitan Statistical Area )

( patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor )
( technology class is determined by the primary classification assigned to a patent- see 'Explanation of Data' )
( some classes have been combined together under a single class identifier )
( patent counts may not sum exactly due to rounding - see the Explanation of Data )
( regional areas are based on U.S. Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA) )

The following table displays technology classes and counts of utility patents classified in them; patents are distributed by year of patent grant.
Class Class Title 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 6 4 3 1 1 0 4 3 3 4 0 2 31
062 Refrigeration 1 5 4 4 1 4 3 0 0 0 2 2 26
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 5 4 4 4 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 2 25
520 Synthetic Resins or Natural Rubbers (includes Classes 520-528) 3 3 6 0 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 19
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 8 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
101 Printing 0 2 1 0 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 12
439 Electrical Connectors 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 12
324 Electricity: Measuring and Testing 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 2 11
362 Illumination 1 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 11
052 Static Structures (e.g., Buildings) 1 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 10
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 2 10
424 Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 10
340 Communications: Electrical 1 1 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 9
005 Beds 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 8
073 Measuring and Testing 0 0 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 8
280 Land Vehicles 0 1 2 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 8
315 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices: Systems 0 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 8
029 Metal Working 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 7
083 Cutting 0 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 7
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7
242 Winding, Tensioning, or Guiding 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 7
442 Fabric (Woven, Knitted, or Nonwoven Textile or Cloth, Etc.) 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 7
475 Planetary Gear Transmission Systems or Components 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 7
700 DP: Generic Control Systems or Specific Applications (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 7
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 7
137 Fluid Handling 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 6
174 Electricity: Conductors and Insulators 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6
430 Radiation Imagery Chemistry: Process, Composition, or Product Thereof 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 6
030 Cutlery 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 5
119 Animal Husbandry 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
200 Electricity: Circuit Makers and Breakers 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5
322 Electricity: Single Generator Systems 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5
363 Electric Power Conversion Systems 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
415 Rotary Kinetic Fluid Motors or Pumps 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
417 Pumps 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
435 Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
438 Semiconductor Device Manufacturing: Process 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 5
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5
002 Apparel 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
106 Compositions: Coating or Plastic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 4
114 Ships 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
126 Stoves and Furnaces 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
198 Conveyors: Power-Driven 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 4
257 Active Solid-State Devices (e.g., Transistors, Solid-State Diodes) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4
345 Computer Graphics Processing and Selective Visual Display Systems 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
385 Optical Waveguides 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
414 Material or Article Handling 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
422 Chemical Apparatus and Process Disinfecting, Deodorizing, Preserving, or Sterilizing 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4
425 Plastic Article or Earthenware Shaping or Treating: Apparatus 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
482 Exercise Devices 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4
604 Surgery (Medicators and Receptors) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4
705 DP: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4
004 Baths, Closets, Sinks, and Spittoons 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
008 Bleaching and Dyeing; Fluid Treatment and Chemical Modification of Textiles and Fibers 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
036 Boots, Shoes, and Leggings 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
043 Fishing, Trapping, and Vermin Destroying 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
066 Textiles: Knitting 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
074 Machine Element or Mechanism 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
075 Specialized Metallurgical Processes, Compositions for Use Therein, Consolidated Metal Powder Compositions, and Loose Metal Particulate Mixtures 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
081 Tools 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3
105 Railway Rolling Stock 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
206 Special Receptacle or Package 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
244 Aeronautics and Astronautics 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
266 Metallurgical Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3
273 Amusement Devices: Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
297 Chairs and Seats 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
312 Supports: Cabinet Structure 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
356 Optics: Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
366 Agitating (e.g., of articles and materials) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
383 Flexible Bags 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
434 Education and Demonstration 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
532 Organic Compounds (includes Classes 532-570) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
016 Miscellaneous Hardware 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
033 Geometrical Instruments 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
056 Harvesters 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
060 Power Plants 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
096 Gas Separation: Apparatus 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
102 Ammunition and Explosives 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
108 Horizontally Supported Planar Surfaces 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
116 Signals and Indicators 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
123 Internal-Combustion Engines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
124 Mechanical Guns and Projectors 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
164 Metal Founding 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
165 Heat Exchange 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
180 Motor Vehicles 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
219 Electric Heating 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
221 Article Dispensing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
228 Metal Fusion Bonding 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
277 Seal for a Joint or Juncture 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
290 Prime-Mover Dynamo Plants 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
294 Handling: Hand and Hoist-Line Implements 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
307 Electrical Transmission or Interconnection Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2
313 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
347 Incremental Printing of Symbolic Information 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
351 Optics: Eye Examining, Vision Testing and Correcting 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
374 Thermal Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
384 Bearings 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
403 Joints and Connections 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
404 Road Structure, Process, or Apparatus 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
416 Fluid Reaction Surfaces (i.e., Impellers) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
419 Powder Metallurgy Processes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
429 Chemistry: Electrical Current Producing Apparatus, Product, and Process 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
441 Buoys, Rafts, and Aquatic Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
493 Manufacturing Container or Tube From Paper; or Other Manufacturing From a Sheet or Web 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
601 Surgery: Kinesitherapy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
606 Surgery (instruments) 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
023 Chemistry: Physical Processes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
024 Buckles, Buttons, Clasps, Etc. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
047 Plant Husbandry 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
053 Package Making 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
055 Gas Separation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
057 Textiles: Spinning, Twisting, and Twining 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
084 Music 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
111 Planting 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
132 Toilet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
134 Cleaning and Liquid Contact with Solids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
135 Tent, Canopy, Umbrella, or Cane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
138 Pipes and Tubular Conduits 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
144 Woodworking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
181 Acoustics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
192 Clutches and Power-Stop Control 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
204 Chemistry: Electrical and Wave Energy 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
209 Classifying, Separating, and Assorting Solids 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
211 Supports: Racks 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
212 Traversing Hoists 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
216 Etching a Substrate: Processes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
218 High-Voltage Switches with Arc Preventing or Extinguishing Devices 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
222 Dispensing (apparatus and process) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
227 Elongated-Member-Driving Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
236 Automatic Temperature and Humidity Regulation 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
246 Railway Switches and Signals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
250 Radiant Energy 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
251 Valves and Valve Actuation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
267 Spring Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
269 Work Holders 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
285 Pipe Joints or Couplings 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
292 Closure Fasteners 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
296 Land Vehicles: Bodies and Tops 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
301 Land Vehicles: Wheels and Axles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
310 Electrical Generator or Motor Structure 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
318 Electricity: Motive Power Systems 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
323 Electricity: Power Supply or Regulation Systems 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
335 Electricity: Magnetically Operated Switches, Magnets, and Electromagnets 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
336 Inductor Devices 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
353 Optics: Image Projectors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
359 Optical: Systems and Elements 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
410 Freight Accommodation On Freight Carrier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
418 Rotary Expansible Chamber Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
426 Food or Edible Material: Processes, Compositions, and Products 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
436 Chemistry: Analytical and Immunological Testing 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
446 Amusement Devices: Toys 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
450 Foundation Garments 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
463 Amusement Devices: Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
472 Amusement Devices 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
474 Endless Belt Power Transmission Systems or Components 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
607 Surgery: Light, Thermal, and Electrical Application 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
701 DP: Vehicles, Navigation, and Relative Location (Data Processing) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
707 DP: Database and File Management or Data Structures (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
716 Computer-Aided Design and Analysis of Circuits and Semiconductor Masks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 59 63 70 53 56 60 53 38 31 49 38 42 612


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