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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

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

( 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
062 Refrigeration 4 2 2 5 2 2 3 10 4 5 10 16 65
134 Cleaning and Liquid Contact with Solids 1 1 3 2 2 2 3 6 5 5 2 13 45
008 Bleaching and Dyeing; Fluid Treatment and Chemical Modification of Textiles and Fibers 4 3 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 5 6 11 37
068 Textiles: Fluid Treating Apparatus 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 3 3 7 6 27
188 Brakes 0 1 1 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 3 2 19
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 8 18
174 Electricity: Conductors and Insulators 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 3 3 1 0 1 16
034 Drying and Gas or Vapor Contact with Solids 1 0 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 4 15
250 Radiant Energy 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 13
370 Multiplex Communications 3 1 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 13
219 Electric Heating 1 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 12
439 Electrical Connectors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 3 12
060 Power Plants 0 0 1 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 11
312 Supports: Cabinet Structure 2 0 1 1 0 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 11
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 9
340 Communications: Electrical 2 2 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9
362 Illumination 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 1 1 9
303 Fluid-Pressure and Analogous Brake Systems 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 8
379 Telephonic Communications 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 7
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 7
710 Input/Output (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 6
073 Measuring and Testing 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 6
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 6
381 Electrical Audio Signal Processing Systems and Devices 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 6
422 Chemical Apparatus and Process Disinfecting, Deodorizing, Preserving, or Sterilizing 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 6
055 Gas Separation 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 5
091 Motors: Expansible Chamber Type 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
137 Fluid Handling 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 5
266 Metallurgical Apparatus 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5
307 Electrical Transmission or Interconnection Systems 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 5
700 DP: Generic Control Systems or Specific Applications (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 5
200 Electricity: Circuit Makers and Breakers 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 4
239 Fluid Sprinkling, Spraying, and Diffusing 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4
318 Electricity: Motive Power Systems 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 4
324 Electricity: Measuring and Testing 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
375 Pulse or Digital Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 4
417 Pumps 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4
713 Support (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
005 Beds 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3
038 Textiles: Ironing or Smoothing 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3
074 Machine Element or Mechanism 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3
099 Foods and Beverages: Apparatus 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
105 Railway Rolling Stock 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
126 Stoves and Furnaces 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3
181 Acoustics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3
254 Implements or Apparatus for Applying Pushing or Pulling Force 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
341 Coded Data Generation or Conversion 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
356 Optics: Measuring and Testing 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3
359 Optical: Systems and Elements 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
374 Thermal Measuring and Testing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3
482 Exercise Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
027 Undertaking 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
030 Cutlery 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
033 Geometrical Instruments 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
047 Plant Husbandry 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
084 Music 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
096 Gas Separation: Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
119 Animal Husbandry 1 0 1 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
223 Apparel Apparatus 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
242 Winding, Tensioning, or Guiding 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
292 Closure Fasteners 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
366 Agitating (e.g., of articles and materials) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
382 Image Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
418 Rotary Expansible Chamber Devices 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
427 Coating Processes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
455 Telecommunications 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
503 Record Receiver Having Plural Interactive Leaves or a Colorless Color Former, Method of Use, or Developer Therefor 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
719 Interprogram Communication or Interprocess Communication (Ipc) (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
002 Apparel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
004 Baths, Closets, Sinks, and Spittoons 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
029 Metal Working 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
052 Static Structures (e.g., Buildings) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
053 Package Making 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
056 Harvesters 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
072 Metal Deforming 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
148 Metal Treatment 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
160 Flexible or Portable Closure, Partition, or Panel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
166 Wells (shafts or deep borings in the earth, e.g., for oil and gas) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
180 Motor Vehicles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
211 Supports: Racks 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
213 Railway Draft Appliances 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
228 Metal Fusion Bonding 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 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 1
241 Solid Material Comminution or Disintegration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
273 Amusement Devices: Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
285 Pipe Joints or Couplings 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
297 Chairs and Seats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
315 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices: Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
327 Miscellaneous Active Electrical Nonlinear Devices, Circuits, and Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
335 Electricity: Magnetically Operated Switches, Magnets, and Electromagnets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
337 Electricity: Electrothermally or Thermally Actuated Switches 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
385 Optical Waveguides 0 0 1 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
411 Expanded, Threaded, Driven, Headed, Tool-Deformed, or Locked-Threaded Fastener 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
425 Plastic Article or Earthenware Shaping or Treating: Apparatus 0 0 0 0 1 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 0 0 0 1 1
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
433 Dentistry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
434 Education and Demonstration 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
440 Marine Propulsion 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
450 Foundation Garments 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
451 Abrading 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
493 Manufacturing Container or Tube From Paper; or Other Manufacturing From a Sheet or Web 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
508 Solid Anti-Friction Devices, Materials Therefor, Lubricant or Separant Compositions for Moving Solid Surfaces, and Miscellaneous Mineral Oil Compositions 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
703 DP: Structural Design, Modeling, Simulation, and Emulation (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
706 DP: Artificial Intelligence (Data Processing) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
711 Memory (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
714 Error Detection/Correction and Fault Detection/Recovery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
725 Interactive Video Distribution Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 48 36 29 40 34 33 55 48 40 52 74 104 593


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