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

Design Patenting By Geographic Region (State and Country),
Breakout By Organization

Explanation of Data

This report, prepared from the Technology Assessment and Forecast (TAF) database, profiles design patents (i.e., patents for ornamental designs) granted during the indicated time period. Each displayed annual count corresponds to patents granted during the time period extending from January 1 to December 31 of that year.

Geographic Region (State and Country)

The geographic regions in these drill down reports are U.S. states/territories and foreign countries and regions from which 1 or more design patents originated during the period. Country names that appear in this table do not imply any expression of opinion by USPTO about the preferred name or the legal status of any country or territory, or of its authorities. Design patent origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor listed on the design patent grant.

Listing of Organizations

Each geographic region report presents a list of organizations (national and international corporations, universities, government agencies, businesses, and other organizations) receiving 2 or more design patents during the time period. For reports covering consolidated regions, organizations receiving 25 or more design patents during the period are presented. In each of these regional reports, organizations are listed in order of decreasing design patent counts. A REGIONAL REPORT COUNTS ONLY DESIGN PATENTS ORIGINATING FROM THE SELECTED REGION, where origin is determined by the residence of the first-named inventor listed on the design patent, Annual design patent counts are displayed for each year of the time period.

Design patent ownership information reflects ownership at the time of patent grant and does not include subsequent changes in ownership. If more than one assignee was declared at the time of grant, design patent ownership is attributed to the first-named assignee.

No attempt has been made to combine data based on subsidiary relationships. However, where possible, spelling variations and variations based on name changes (e.g., ESSO to EXXON) have been merged into a single name. While every effort is made to accurately identify all organizational entities and report data by a single organizational name, achievement of a totally clean record is not expected, particularly in view of the many variations which may occur in corporate identifications.

Please Note:

Some regional reports include an assignee entry labeled,

"~INDIVIDUALLY OWNED PATENT"

This entry corresponds to (1) design patents for which ownership was unassigned at the time of grant and (2) design patents for which ownership was assigned to an individual at the time of grant (i.e., ownership assignment was not made to an organization).

Analyzing the Data

Use of spreadsheet software may facilitate analysis of the data contained in these reports. Users should note that many spreadsheet software programs (e.g., Microsoft Excel) can open these report files directly. Check the spreadsheet software documentation for details.


PTMT Contacts

Questions regarding these reports should be directed to:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Electronic Information Products Division - PTMT
P.O Box 1450
Alexandria VA 22313-1450

tel: (571) 272-5600
fax: (571) 273-0110
email: oeip@uspto.gov

address of PTMT pages at the USPTO Web Site: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/reports.htm
selected PTMT materials available for download at : http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/data/


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