Links to USPTO Patent Statistics


Patent statistics and links to patent statistics may be found in various areas of the USPTO Web Site. Links to some of those areas are provided below:


General Patent Statistics

Calendar Year (CY) Patent Statistics (CY: January 1 through December 31)
General calendar year patent statistics may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/reports.htm .

Fiscal Year (FY) Workload Patent Statistics (FY: October 1 through September 30)
General fiscal year workload patent statistics are contained in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Annual Reports / Performance and Accountability Reports. Those reports may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/ann_rpt_intermed.htm . This web page provides a general link to the Annual Reports and also contains links, where available, to the workload patent statistics sections of each of the Annual Reports.

USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard
Various current workload patent statistics may be viewed in the Patents Dashboard data visualization center that may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/dashboards/patents/main.dashxml .

Four Office Statistical Reports and previous Trilateral Statistical Reports)
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) worked together to produce the annual Four Office Statistical Reports that profile patenting activity in the four regions. These reports and previous Trilateral Statistics Reports (EPO, JPO, USPTO) may be accessed from the Trilateral Web Site, available at the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/tws/index.html (click on the "Statistics" link and then on the "Statistical reports" link).

Five Intellectual Property Office Statistical Reports
The Five IP Offices (IP5) is the name given to a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world that is being set up to improve the efficiency of the examination process for patents worldwide. The members of IP5 are: the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Various statistics that describe the patenting activities in these five offices may be accessed from the IP5 Statistics Report, available at the IP5 Web Site: http://www.fiveipoffices.org/index.html (click on the "Statistics" link).

Patent Statistics From Other Intellectual Property Offices
For statistics profiling patenting activity at intellectual property offices outside the United States, the web sites of those offices should be consulted. Please note that patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provide patent protection only within the United States. Links to other intellectual property offices and other related sites of possible interest may be viewed at the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/faq/other.jsp . See, in particular, the link on this page labeled, "World Intellectual Property Organization's Directory of Intellectual Property Offices", for links to other intellectual property offices.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
OECD is an international organization that has gathered and made available some statistics that profile the patenting activity at different intellectual property offices around the world including at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While OECD gathers many statistics that are similar to those gathered at USPTO, please note that OECD patent statistics, in general, aggregate the patent data in ways that differ from the methods used at USPTO. OECD patent resources can be accessed from the general OECD web site at: http://www.oecd.org/ and from following OECD web page: http://www.oecd.org/sti/inno/oecdpatentdatabases.htm.


Other Patent Statistics

Accelerated Examination
Accelerated patent examination information and statistics may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/file/accelerated/index.jsp . In particular, see the link on the web page labeled, "Accelerated Examination Statistics ".

Applications/Filings for Patents, Monthly Counts
Counts of monthly receipts of patent applications may be accessed from the USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard web page, available at: http://www.uspto.gov/dashboards/patents/main.dashxml . Go to the very bottom of the web page and click on the image link titled, "Download the .xls spreadsheet, viewable in Microsoft Excel, Google Doc, and other spreadsheet software". In some web browsers, the user may need to click on this link more than once. Monthly filings currently are displayed for each month since October 2008.

Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Statistics
Please see the entry for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Business Method-Related Arts (Class 705)
General fiscal year workload statistics relating to patenting activity in Class 705 (business method-related arts) may be viewed at the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/resources/methods/applicationfiling.jsp .

A short article in "USPTO Today" discussed fiscal year 2001 patenting activity in Class 705. The article may be viewed on the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/menu/pbmethod/fy2001strport.html .

Economics-Related
Selected reports that contain intellectual property statistics can be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/ip/officechiefecon/index.jsp. . Various other materials related to intellectual property statistics also are available at this web page.

Examiner Staffing
General fiscal year workload statistics relating to patent examiner staffing may be viewed in workload tables of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Annual Reports / Performance and Accountability Reports (workload table 29 of the fiscal year 2012 report). Those reports and workload tables may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/ann_rpt_intermed.htm .

Additional fiscal year workload statistics relating to patent examiner staffing may be viewed at the "USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard".

Green Technologies
General information and fiscal year workload statistics relating to patenting activity in Green Technologies may be viewed at the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/green_tech.jsp . See, in particular, the links on this page under the section titled, "Statistics".

Maintenance Fees
Selected USPTO maintenance fee payment statistics are available in Chapter 4 of the IP5 Statistics Report (see entry, above).

Detailed information relating to patent maintenance fee payments for each patent subject to the fees is contained in a (very large) maintenance fee events file that can be downloaded from the following web page: https://eipweb.uspto.gov/MaintFeeEvents/ . Maintenance fee information for a single patent can be accessed from the following area of the USPTO Web Site: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/expform.jsp

Miscellaneous Statistics
Some statistics that are not specifically listed here may be included in the Calendar Year Patent Statistics, Fiscal Year Patent Statistics, and USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard areas that are included above under the heading, General Patent Statistics.

Operational and Workload Statistics
General fiscal year operational and workload patent statistics are contained in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Annual Reports / Performance and Accountability Reports. Those reports may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/ann_rpt_intermed.htm .

Some fiscal year patent operational and workload statistics that relate to examiner staffing, patent pendency, quality of product, and the patent application backlog also are presented on web pages that may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/stats/index.jsp . See, in particular, the link to the "USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard", which contains various related statistics.

Additional fiscal year operational and workload patent statistics may be contained in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office documents relating to the USPTO Strategic Plan, accessible from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/index.jsp , and relating to USPTO plans and budgets, accessible from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/about/stratplan/budget/index.jsp .

Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
Several sets of PTAB fiscal year workload statistics may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/appeal/index.jsp . In particular, see the link on the left side of the web page labeled, "PTAB Statistics".

Some additional selected statistics relating to Fiscal Year 2007 work performed by the PTAB may be viewed on the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/presentation/ca_bar_0607.jsp .

Peer Review Pilot Program Statistics
Statistics and information relating to the USPTO Peer Review Pilot Program may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/fy07_peer_pilot.jsp .

Pendency
General fiscal year workload statistics relating to patent pendency (usually considered as the length of time between patent application filing and the issue of the patent or the abandonment of the application) may be viewed in workload tables 1 and 4 of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Annual Reports / Performance and Accountability Reports. Those reports and workload tables may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/ann_rpt_intermed.htm .

Additional fiscal year workload statistics relating to patent pendency may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/stats/index.jsp . See, in particular, the link to the "USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard", which contains various related pendency statistics.

Pending Applications
General fiscal year workload statistics relating to the characteristics and quantity of pending patent applications may be viewed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Annual Reports / Performance and Accountability Reports (workload tables 3, 4, and 5 in the 2012 report). Those reports and workload tables may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/ann_rpt_intermed.htm .

Additional fiscal year workload statistics relating to pending applications may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/stats/index.jsp . See, in particular, the link to the "USPTO Data Visualization Center -- Patents Dashboard", which contains various related statistics.

A table containing a fiscal year 2009 inventory count of patent applications by examination technology center may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/stats/appbacklog.jsp .

Prioritized (Track 1) Examination
Very general prioritized examination statistics and information may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/patents.jsp#heading-5 . See, in particular, the link labeled "Track One web page" under the section heading, "Prioritized Examination".

Term Extensions
Detail information relating to patents receiving term extensions under 35 USC 155 and 35 USC 156 may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/resources/terms/index.jsp .

Reexamination
General fiscal year workload statistics relating to patent reexamination activity may be viewed in workload tables of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Annual Reports / Performance and Accountability Reports (tables 14A and 14B of the 2012 report). Those reports and workload tables may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/ann_rpt_intermed.htm .

Detailed fiscal year workload statistics and information relating to patent reexamination activity may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/stats/Reexamination_Information.jsp .

A reexamination authority listing of all Reexamination Certificates for U.S. patent documents (including the following data fields: Document Number, Publication Date, and a code describing the Kind of Document) may be accessed from the following web page: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/search/authority/reexam/reexamcertificate.jsp .

Selected workload statistics relating to reexamination may be accessed from the following Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) web page: http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/bpai/dashboards/index.jsp .

Comments about these USPTO web page patent statistics links and others that might be added to this listing are welcome and may be e-mailed to the USPTO Patent Technology Monitoring Team: oeip@uspto.gov

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