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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 - 2013 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

Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC

( 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 2012 2013 Total
005 Beds 10 16 13 6 15 3 3 6 4 3 5 2 4 4 94
435 Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology 4 5 5 4 2 7 2 1 1 2 3 6 6 10 58
424 Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514) 2 3 3 2 1 3 2 0 2 0 4 10 7 19 58
604 Surgery (Medicators and Receptors) 0 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 5 3 2 6 8 4 39
520 Synthetic Resins or Natural Rubbers (includes Classes 520-528) 9 2 10 3 3 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 36
106 Compositions: Coating or Plastic 6 1 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 1 3 2 2 25
532 Organic Compounds (includes Classes 532-570) 6 2 1 0 2 0 3 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 24
606 Surgery (instruments) 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 1 2 1 2 4 4 23
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 2 1 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 3 19
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 1 3 1 5 3 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 18
052 Static Structures (e.g., Buildings) 0 2 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 2 1 1 2 2 17
347 Incremental Printing of Symbolic Information 0 0 6 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 16
219 Electric Heating 2 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 11
340 Communications: Electrical 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 3 11
162 Paper Making and Fiber Liberation 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 11
137 Fluid Handling 1 2 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11
623 Prosthesis (i.e., Artificial Body Members), Parts Thereof, or Aids and Accessories Therefor 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 10
800 Multicellular Living Organisms and Unmodified Parts Thereof and Related Processes 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 3 10
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 1 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 10
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 9
033 Geometrical Instruments 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 8
705 DP: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 0 8
139 Textiles: Weaving 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 7
062 Refrigeration 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
123 Internal-Combustion Engines 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7
482 Exercise Devices 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 7
250 Radiant Energy 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 7
429 Chemistry: Electrical Current Producing Apparatus, Product, and Process 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6
206 Special Receptacle or Package 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 6
440 Marine Propulsion 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 6
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
607 Surgery: Light, Thermal, and Electrical Application 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 6
073 Measuring and Testing 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 6
239 Fluid Sprinkling, Spraying, and Diffusing 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6
427 Coating Processes 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
114 Ships 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 5
165 Heat Exchange 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 5
430 Radiation Imagery Chemistry: Process, Composition, or Product Thereof 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
101 Printing 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
104 Railways 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
220 Receptacles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 5
280 Land Vehicles 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
442 Fabric (Woven, Knitted, or Nonwoven Textile or Cloth, Etc.) 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
362 Illumination 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
441 Buoys, Rafts, and Aquatic Devices 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 5
254 Implements or Apparatus for Applying Pushing or Pulling Force 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
060 Power Plants 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4
222 Dispensing (apparatus and process) 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
426 Food or Edible Material: Processes, Compositions, and Products 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 4
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
707 DP: Database and File Management or Data Structures (Data Processing) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
043 Fishing, Trapping, and Vermin Destroying 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4
096 Gas Separation: Apparatus 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
405 Hydraulic and Earth Engineering 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 4
700 DP: Generic Control Systems or Specific Applications (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4
095 Gas Separation: Processes 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
530 Chemistry: Natural Resins or Derivatives; Peptides or Proteins; Lignins or Reaction Products Thereof 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
422 Chemical Apparatus and Process Disinfecting, Deodorizing, Preserving, or Sterilizing 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
008 Bleaching and Dyeing; Fluid Treatment and Chemical Modification of Textiles and Fibers 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
014 Bridges 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
029 Metal Working 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3
075 Specialized Metallurgical Processes, Compositions for Use Therein, Consolidated Metal Powder Compositions, and Loose Metal Particulate Mixtures 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
182 Fire Escape, Ladder, or Scaffold 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
204 Chemistry: Electrical and Wave Energy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
297 Chairs and Seats 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
411 Expanded, Threaded, Driven, Headed, Tool-Deformed, or Locked-Threaded Fastener 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3
417 Pumps 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
343 Communications: Radio Wave Antennas 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
401 Coating Implements with Material Supply 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
423 Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
116 Signals and Indicators 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
266 Metallurgical Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3
016 Miscellaneous Hardware (e.g., Bushing, Carpet Fastener, Caster, Door Closer, Panel Hanger, Attachable or Adjunct Handle, Hinge, Window Sash Balance, Etc.) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
024 Buckles, Buttons, Clasps, Etc. 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
036 Boots, Shoes, and Leggings 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
056 Harvesters 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
089 Ordnance 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
118 Coating Apparatus 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
126 Stoves and Furnaces 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
180 Motor Vehicles 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
211 Supports: Racks 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
261 Gas and Liquid Contact Apparatus 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
378 X-Ray or Gamma Ray Systems or Devices 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
392 Electric Resistance Heating Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
410 Freight Accommodation On Freight Carrier 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
425 Plastic Article or Earthenware Shaping or Treating: Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
451 Abrading 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
502 Catalyst, Solid Sorbent, or Support Therefor: Product or Process of Making 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
504 Plant Protecting and Regulating Compositions 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
516 Colloid Systems and Wetting Agents, Subcombinations Thereof, Processes of Making, Stabilizing, Breaking, or Inhibiting 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
601 Surgery: Kinesitherapy 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
713 Support (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
002 Apparel 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
047 Plant Husbandry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
100 Presses 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
119 Animal Husbandry 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
370 Multiplex Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
434 Education and Demonstration 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
510 Cleaning Compositions for Solid Surfaces, Auxiliary Compositions Therefor, or Processes of Preparing the Compositions 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
709 Multicomputer Data Transferring (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
710 Input/Output (Electrical Computers and Digital Data Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
044 Fuel and Related Compositions 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
049 Movable or Removable Closures 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
057 Textiles: Spinning, Twisting, and Twining 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
072 Metal Deforming 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
074 Machine Element or Mechanism 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
099 Foods and Beverages: Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
102 Ammunition and Explosives 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
108 Horizontally Supported Planar Surfaces 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
124 Mechanical Guns and Projectors 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
135 Tent, Canopy, Umbrella, or Cane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
138 Pipes and Tubular Conduits 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
172 Earth Working 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
205 Electrolysis: Processes, Compositions Used Therein, and Methods of Preparing the Compositions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
224 Package and Article Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
228 Metal Fusion Bonding 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
241 Solid Material Comminution or Disintegration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
244 Aeronautics and Astronautics 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
251 Valves and Valve Actuation 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
269 Work Holders 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
285 Pipe Joints or Couplings 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
290 Prime-Mover Dynamo Plants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
292 Closure Fasteners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
315 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices: Systems 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
351 Optics: Eye Examining, Vision Testing and Correcting 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
367 Communications, Electrical: Acoustic Wave Systems and Devices 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
403 Joints and Connections 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
404 Road Structure, Process, or Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
414 Material or Article Handling 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
446 Amusement Devices: Toys 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
450 Foundation Garments 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
454 Ventilation 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
503 Record Receiver Having Plural Interactive Leaves or a Colorless Color Former, Method of Use, or Developer Therefor 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
703 DP: Structural Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Emulation (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
706 DP: Artificial Intelligence (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
004 Baths, Closets, Sinks, and Spittoons 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
038 Textiles: Ironing or Smoothing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
070 Locks 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
081 Tools 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
131 Tobacco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
150 Purses, Wallets, and Protective Covers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
169 Fire Extinguishers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
174 Electricity: Conductors and Insulators 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
235 Registers (e.g., cash registers, calculators, devices for counting movements of devices, etc.) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
294 Handling: Hand and Hoist-Line Implements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
303 Fluid-Pressure and Analogous Brake Systems 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
318 Electricity: Motive Power Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
356 Optics: Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
359 Optical: Systems and Elements 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
415 Rotary Kinetic Fluid Motors or Pumps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
416 Fluid Reaction Surfaces (i.e., Impellers) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
432 Heating 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
439 Electrical Connectors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
472 Amusement Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
477 Interrelated Power Delivery Controls, Including Engine Control 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 82 65 93 63 71 52 52 41 36 46 55 62 82 96 896



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