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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

Greensboro-High Point, 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
424 Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514) 1 5 1 4 4 5 5 3 6 3 12 11 60
341 Coded Data Generation or Conversion 2 6 1 2 6 7 8 7 2 2 6 1 50
330 Amplifiers 2 5 3 5 5 4 8 6 1 1 1 3 44
439 Electrical Connectors 7 1 1 3 1 3 1 0 2 4 5 9 37
005 Beds 3 4 3 3 5 1 2 3 2 2 4 4 36
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 2 4 4 5 2 3 3 4 3 2 2 0 34
327 Miscellaneous Active Electrical Nonlinear Devices, Circuits, and Systems 2 2 1 3 4 2 5 6 0 1 2 5 33
520 Synthetic Resins or Natural Rubbers (includes Classes 520-528) 2 2 0 3 1 1 1 8 3 2 4 4 31
036 Boots, Shoes, and Leggings 1 2 0 3 0 4 11 2 2 4 1 0 30
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 7 5 5 1 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 27
160 Flexible or Portable Closure, Partition, or Panel 1 2 1 8 5 0 3 2 0 1 3 1 27
280 Land Vehicles 4 0 2 0 2 3 5 4 2 0 3 2 27
705 DP: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing) 7 2 1 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 3 4 26
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 1 3 2 5 4 3 1 0 0 2 2 1 24
297 Chairs and Seats 1 0 1 4 3 1 3 2 0 1 5 2 23
455 Telecommunications 0 2 0 2 6 0 3 1 0 1 4 4 23
375 Pulse or Digital Communications 1 1 3 3 5 0 2 1 1 3 1 1 22
219 Electric Heating 4 2 7 2 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 21
340 Communications: Electrical 2 1 1 1 5 1 3 0 2 2 0 3 21
700 DP: Generic Control Systems or Specific Applications (Data Processing) 3 1 4 2 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 21
257 Active Solid-State Devices (e.g., Transistors, Solid-State Diodes) 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 2 1 5 7 20
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 2 2 3 3 1 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 19
123 Internal-Combustion Engines 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 3 1 3 4 16
029 Metal Working 3 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 2 3 15
066 Textiles: Knitting 1 1 2 0 5 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 15
083 Cutting 1 0 2 1 0 0 8 1 0 0 1 1 15
312 Supports: Cabinet Structure 1 0 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 1 15
331 Oscillators 1 0 0 3 3 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 15
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 0 4 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 15
052 Static Structures (e.g., Buildings) 4 1 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 14
442 Fabric (Woven, Knitted, or Nonwoven Textile or Cloth, Etc.) 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 14
532 Organic Compounds (includes Classes 532-570) 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 14
206 Special Receptacle or Package 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 1 0 1 0 2 12
235 Registers (e.g., cash registers, calculators, devices for counting movements of devices, etc.) 3 2 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 12
296 Land Vehicles: Bodies and Tops 2 0 0 2 5 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 12
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 2 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 11
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 0 0 2 5 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 11
510 Cleaning Compositions for Solid Surfaces, Auxiliary Compositions Therefor, or Processes of Preparing the Compositions 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 11
504 Plant Protecting and Regulating Compositions 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 2 10
701 DP: Vehicles, Navigation, and Relative Location (Data Processing) 0 0 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 10
008 Bleaching and Dyeing; Fluid Treatment and Chemical Modification of Textiles and Fibers 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 9
073 Measuring and Testing 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 9
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9
222 Dispensing (apparatus and process) 2 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 9
362 Illumination 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 9
062 Refrigeration 2 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8
242 Winding, Tensioning, or Guiding 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8
292 Closure Fasteners 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 8
435 Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 8
438 Semiconductor Device Manufacturing: Process 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 8
049 Movable or Removable Closures 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 7
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 7
385 Optical Waveguides 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 7
427 Coating Processes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 7
429 Chemistry: Electrical Current Producing Apparatus, Product, and Process 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 7
004 Baths, Closets, Sinks, and Spittoons 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 6
043 Fishing, Trapping, and Vermin Destroying 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 6
095 Gas Separation: Processes 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6
137 Fluid Handling 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
144 Woodworking 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 6
174 Electricity: Conductors and Insulators 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 6
323 Electricity: Power Supply or Regulation Systems 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 6
345 Computer Graphics Processing and Selective Visual Display Systems 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 6
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 6
379 Telephonic Communications 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6
450 Foundation Garments 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
108 Horizontally Supported Planar Surfaces 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 5
134 Cleaning and Liquid Contact with Solids 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
236 Automatic Temperature and Humidity Regulation 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 5
252 Compositions 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 5
283 Printed Matter 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
324 Electricity: Measuring and Testing 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5
342 Communications: Directive Radio Wave Systems and Devices (e.g., Radar, Radio Navigation) 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
370 Multiplex Communications 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5
422 Chemical Apparatus and Process Disinfecting, Deodorizing, Preserving, or Sterilizing 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 5
493 Manufacturing Container or Tube From Paper; or Other Manufacturing From a Sheet or Web 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5
709 Multicomputer Data Transferring (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5
028 Textiles: Manufacturing 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
072 Metal Deforming 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4
084 Music 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
099 Foods and Beverages: Apparatus 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
112 Sewing 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
114 Ships 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
188 Brakes 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4
211 Supports: Racks 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4
224 Package and Article Carriers 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
241 Solid Material Comminution or Disintegration 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 4
310 Electrical Generator or Motor Structure 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4
383 Flexible Bags 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
414 Material or Article Handling 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4
417 Pumps 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
418 Rotary Expansible Chamber Devices 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
451 Abrading 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
604 Surgery (Medicators and Receptors) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 4
606 Surgery (instruments) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 4
719 Interprogram Communication or Interprocess Communication (Ipc) (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4
016 Miscellaneous Hardware 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
033 Geometrical Instruments 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3
053 Package Making 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
119 Animal Husbandry 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
126 Stoves and Furnaces 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
131 Tobacco 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
180 Motor Vehicles 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
181 Acoustics 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
182 Fire Escape, Ladder, or Scaffold 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
239 Fluid Sprinkling, Spraying, and Diffusing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3
244 Aeronautics and Astronautics 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3
250 Radiant Energy 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
254 Implements or Apparatus for Applying Pushing or Pulling Force 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
267 Spring Devices 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
294 Handling: Hand and Hoist-Line Implements 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
326 Electronic Digital Logic Circuitry 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
333 Wave Transmission Lines and Networks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3
335 Electricity: Magnetically Operated Switches, Magnets, and Electromagnets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
359 Optical: Systems and Elements 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
392 Electric Resistance Heating Devices 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
403 Joints and Connections 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
404 Road Structure, Process, or Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3
425 Plastic Article or Earthenware Shaping or Treating: Apparatus 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
434 Education and Demonstration 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
446 Amusement Devices: Toys 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
482 Exercise Devices 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
707 DP: Database and File Management or Data Structures (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
708 Arithmetic Processing and Calculating (Electrical Computers) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
713 Support (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
002 Apparel 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
042 Firearms 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
056 Harvesters 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
116 Signals and Indicators 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
118 Coating Apparatus 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
198 Conveyors: Power-Driven 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
220 Receptacles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
221 Article Dispensing 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
293 Vehicle Fenders 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
332 Modulators 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
336 Inductor Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
343 Communications: Radio Wave Antennas 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
351 Optics: Eye Examining, Vision Testing and Correcting 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
356 Optics: Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
358 Facsimile and Static Presentation Processing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
377 Electrical Pulse Counters, Pulse Dividers, or Shift Registers: Circuits and Systems 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
401 Coating Implements with Material Supply 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
410 Freight Accommodation On Freight Carrier 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
423 Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
452 Butchering 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
715 DP: Presentation Processing of Document, Operator Interface Processing, and Screen Saver Display Processing (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
027 Undertaking 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
030 Cutlery 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
038 Textiles: Ironing or Smoothing 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
047 Plant Husbandry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
055 Gas Separation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
057 Textiles: Spinning, Twisting, and Twining 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
060 Power Plants 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
065 Glass Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
070 Locks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
074 Machine Element or Mechanism 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
082 Turning (e.g., for metal working) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
106 Compositions: Coating or Plastic 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 0 0 0 1 1
138 Pipes and Tubular Conduits 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
150 Purses, Wallets, and Protective Covers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
162 Paper Making and Fiber Liberation 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
166 Wells (shafts or deep borings in the earth, e.g., for oil and gas) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
200 Electricity: Circuit Makers and Breakers 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
209 Classifying, Separating, and Assorting Solids 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
217 Wooden Receptacles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
228 Metal Fusion Bonding 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
251 Valves and Valve Actuation 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
261 Gas and Liquid Contact Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
271 Sheet Feeding or Delivering 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
273 Amusement Devices: Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
285 Pipe Joints or Couplings 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
301 Land Vehicles: Wheels and Axles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
307 Electrical Transmission or Interconnection Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
348 Television 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
365 Static Information Storage and Retrieval 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
367 Communications, Electrical: Acoustic Wave Systems and Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
368 Horology: Time Measuring Systems or Devices 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
378 X-Ray or Gamma Ray Systems or Devices 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
380 Cryptography 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
382 Image Analysis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
400 Typewriting Machines 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
405 Hydraulic and Earth Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
409 Gear Cutting, Milling, or Planing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
426 Food or Edible Material: Processes, Compositions, and Products 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
464 Rotary Shafts, Gudgeons, Housings, and Flexible Couplings for Rotary Shafts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
472 Amusement Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
475 Planetary Gear Transmission Systems or Components 0 1 0 0 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 1 0 1
506 Combinatorial Chemistry Technology: Method, Library, Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
508 Solid Anti-Friction Devices, Materials Therefor, Lubricant or Separant Compositions for Moving Solid Surfaces, and Miscellaneous Mineral Oil Compositions 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
607 Surgery: Light, Thermal, and Electrical Application 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
623 Prosthesis (i.e., Artificial Body Members), Parts Thereof, or Aids and Accessories Therefor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
703 DP: Structural Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Emulation (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
726 Information Security 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
800 Multicellular Living Organisms and Unmodified Parts Thereof and Related Processes 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 129 121 122 142 145 103 129 95 66 73 120 151 1396


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