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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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, 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
385 Optical Waveguides 29 25 35 40 36 35 34 44 32 25 40 26 401
174 Electricity: Conductors and Insulators 6 4 1 2 2 3 0 1 2 3 5 5 34
066 Textiles: Knitting 4 7 1 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 20
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 4 4 3 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 18
439 Electrical Connectors 1 2 0 1 3 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 16
379 Telephonic Communications 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 1 1 2 13
057 Textiles: Spinning, Twisting, and Twining 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 11
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 10
029 Metal Working 0 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 9
232 Deposit and Collection Receptacles 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 9
297 Chairs and Seats 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 9
520 Synthetic Resins or Natural Rubbers (includes Classes 520-528) 0 1 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
052 Static Structures (e.g., Buildings) 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 8
356 Optics: Measuring and Testing 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 8
280 Land Vehicles 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 7
005 Beds 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 6
108 Horizontally Supported Planar Surfaces 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 6
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
427 Coating Processes 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6
134 Cleaning and Liquid Contact with Solids 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 5
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5
416 Fluid Reaction Surfaces (i.e., Impellers) 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
493 Manufacturing Container or Tube From Paper; or Other Manufacturing From a Sheet or Web 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 5
033 Geometrical Instruments 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
065 Glass Manufacturing 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
118 Coating Apparatus 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
206 Special Receptacle or Package 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
404 Road Structure, Process, or Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 4
424 Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 4
425 Plastic Article or Earthenware Shaping or Treating: Apparatus 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4
482 Exercise Devices 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
002 Apparel 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
028 Textiles: Manufacturing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
223 Apparel Apparatus 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
242 Winding, Tensioning, or Guiding 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
269 Work Holders 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
296 Land Vehicles: Bodies and Tops 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
337 Electricity: Electrothermally or Thermally Actuated Switches 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3
340 Communications: Electrical 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3
405 Hydraulic and Earth Engineering 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
418 Rotary Expansible Chamber Devices 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
451 Abrading 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
043 Fishing, Trapping, and Vermin Destroying 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
073 Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
081 Tools 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
083 Cutting 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
102 Ammunition and Explosives 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2
116 Signals and Indicators 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
144 Woodworking 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
180 Motor Vehicles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
211 Supports: Racks 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
219 Electric Heating 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
254 Implements or Apparatus for Applying Pushing or Pulling Force 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
294 Handling: Hand and Hoist-Line Implements 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
312 Supports: Cabinet Structure 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
384 Bearings 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
422 Chemical Apparatus and Process Disinfecting, Deodorizing, Preserving, or Sterilizing 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
429 Chemistry: Electrical Current Producing Apparatus, Product, and Process 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
450 Foundation Garments 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
455 Telecommunications 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
604 Surgery (Medicators and Receptors) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
701 DP: Vehicles, Navigation, and Relative Location (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
014 Bridges 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
019 Textiles: Fiber Preparation 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
024 Buckles, Buttons, Clasps, Etc. 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
027 Undertaking 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
030 Cutlery 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
034 Drying and Gas or Vapor Contact with Solids 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
036 Boots, Shoes, and Leggings 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
048 Gas: Heating and Illuminating 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
053 Package Making 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
055 Gas Separation 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
062 Refrigeration 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
099 Foods and Beverages: Apparatus 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
112 Sewing 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
114 Ships 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
119 Animal Husbandry 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
123 Internal-Combustion Engines 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
138 Pipes and Tubular Conduits 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
191 Electricity: Transmission To Vehicles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
200 Electricity: Circuit Makers and Breakers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
205 Electrolysis: Processes, Compositions Used Therein, and Methods of Preparing the Compositions 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
216 Etching a Substrate: Processes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
218 High-Voltage Switches with Arc Preventing or Extinguishing Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
220 Receptacles 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
244 Aeronautics and Astronautics 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
256 Fences 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
267 Spring Devices 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
310 Electrical Generator or Motor Structure 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
333 Wave Transmission Lines and Networks 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
345 Computer Graphics Processing and Selective Visual Display Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
362 Illumination 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
373 Industrial Electric Heating Furnaces 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
382 Image Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
398 Optical Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
403 Joints and Connections 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
408 Cutting by Use of Rotating Axially Moving Tool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
409 Gear Cutting, Milling, or Planing 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
417 Pumps 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
423 Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds 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 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
430 Radiation Imagery Chemistry: Process, Composition, or Product Thereof 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
433 Dentistry 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
441 Buoys, Rafts, and Aquatic Devices 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
442 Fabric (Woven, Knitted, or Nonwoven Textile or Cloth, Etc.) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
510 Cleaning Compositions for Solid Surfaces, Auxiliary Compositions Therefor, or Processes of Preparing the Compositions 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
601 Surgery: Kinesitherapy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
606 Surgery (instruments) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
705 DP: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
713 Support (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
714 Error Detection/Correction and Fault Detection/Recovery 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
726 Information Security 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 73 78 75 74 62 71 65 69 63 45 73 49 797


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