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

Patenting By Geographic Region (State and Country),
Breakout By Technology Class

Count of 2010 - 2014 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

SOUTH AFRICA

( 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 )

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 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Total
424 Drug, Bio-Affecting and Body Treating Compositions (includes Class 514) 3 6 11 12 7 39
623 Prosthesis (i.e., Artificial Body Members), Parts Thereof, or Aids and Accessories Therefor 4 6 5 6 10 31
705 DP: Financial, Business Practice, Management, or Cost/Price Determination (Data Processing) 1 7 11 6 6 31
435 Chemistry: Molecular Biology and Microbiology 4 4 1 5 4 18
463 Amusement Devices: Games 2 2 7 3 3 17
518 Chemistry: Fischer-Tropsch Processes; or Purification or Recovery of Products Thereof 2 3 4 5 3 17
175 Boring or Penetrating the Earth 2 4 3 4 2 15
532 Organic Compounds (includes Classes 532-570) 3 2 3 7 0 15
405 Hydraulic and Earth Engineering 2 5 2 1 3 13
102 Ammunition and Explosives 2 4 1 1 4 12
210 Liquid Purification or Separation 2 2 2 2 4 12
015 Brushing, Scrubbing, and General Cleaning 0 2 3 4 2 11
051 Abrasive Tool Making Process, Material, or Composition 0 2 4 4 1 11
075 Specialized Metallurgical Processes, Compositions for Use Therein, Consolidated Metal Powder Compositions, and Loose Metal Particulate Mixtures 3 1 2 3 2 11
299 Mining or In Situ Disintegration of Hard Material 0 2 1 2 6 11
340 Communications: Electrical 1 0 2 4 3 10
423 Chemistry of Inorganic Compounds 3 2 2 1 2 10
585 Chemistry of Hydrocarbon Compounds 1 3 1 5 0 10
089 Ordnance 2 2 4 0 0 8
198 Conveyors: Power-Driven 4 1 2 1 0 8
257 Active Solid-State Devices (e.g., Transistors, Solid-State Diodes) 0 2 0 2 4 8
264 Plastic and Nonmetallic Article Shaping or Treating: Processes 1 2 1 1 3 8
324 Electricity: Measuring and Testing 2 0 0 3 3 8
502 Catalyst, Solid Sorbent, or Support Therefor: Product or Process of Making 0 2 1 2 3 8
241 Solid Material Comminution or Disintegration 1 1 1 1 3 7
709 Multicomputer Data Transferring (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 3 1 1 2 0 7
128 Surgery (includes Class 600) 0 1 4 1 0 6
164 Metal Founding 2 2 1 0 1 6
248 Supports (e.g., for holding articles, etc.) 1 0 0 1 4 6
315 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices: Systems 2 1 1 1 1 6
361 Electricity: Electrical Systems and Devices 3 1 1 1 0 6
370 Multiplex Communications 2 1 1 1 1 6
455 Telecommunications 1 1 2 0 2 6
602 Surgery: Splint, Brace, or Bandage 1 3 1 1 0 6
707 DP: Database and File Management or Data Structures (Data Processing) 0 1 1 1 3 6
726 Information Security 0 0 1 1 4 6
137 Fluid Handling 0 0 1 2 2 5
250 Radiant Energy 0 1 1 1 2 5
422 Chemical Apparatus and Process Disinfecting, Deodorizing, Preserving, or Sterilizing 2 0 1 1 1 5
428 Stock Material or Miscellaneous Articles 1 0 1 2 1 5
429 Chemistry: Electrical Current Producing Apparatus, Product, and Process 4 1 0 0 0 5
473 Games Using Tangible Projectile 2 0 2 1 0 5
520 Synthetic Resins or Natural Rubbers (includes Classes 520-528) 0 1 1 3 0 5
040 Card, Picture, or Sign Exhibiting 1 1 0 2 0 4
149 Explosive and Thermic Compositions or Charges 1 1 2 0 0 4
181 Acoustics 3 0 0 0 1 4
208 Mineral Oils: Processes and Products 0 1 1 1 1 4
220 Receptacles 0 0 1 1 2 4
235 Registers (e.g., cash registers, calculators, devices for counting movements of devices, etc.) 1 1 1 1 0 4
254 Implements or Apparatus for Applying Pushing or Pulling Force 0 1 2 1 0 4
280 Land Vehicles 2 1 0 1 0 4
307 Electrical Transmission or Interconnection Systems 1 1 1 1 0 4
366 Agitating (e.g., of articles and materials) 1 2 0 1 0 4
376 Induced Nuclear Reactions: Processes, Systems, and Elements 0 1 0 1 2 4
604 Surgery (Medicators and Receptors) 1 0 0 1 2 4
004 Baths, Closets, Sinks, and Spittoons 0 1 0 0 2 3
029 Metal Working 1 0 1 0 1 3
048 Gas: Heating and Illuminating 0 0 2 0 1 3
099 Foods and Beverages: Apparatus 1 0 0 0 2 3
123 Internal-Combustion Engines 0 1 1 1 0 3
127 Sugar, Starch, and Carbohydrates 0 0 3 0 0 3
209 Classifying, Separating, and Assorting Solids 0 3 0 0 0 3
211 Supports: Racks 1 0 1 1 0 3
285 Pipe Joints or Couplings 2 0 0 0 1 3
382 Image Analysis 1 0 0 2 0 3
410 Freight Accommodation On Freight Carrier 1 0 1 0 1 3
438 Semiconductor Device Manufacturing: Process 2 0 0 0 1 3
440 Marine Propulsion 1 0 1 1 0 3
474 Endless Belt Power Transmission Systems or Components 1 0 0 2 0 3
475 Planetary Gear Transmission Systems or Components 2 0 0 1 0 3
504 Plant Protecting and Regulating Compositions 0 1 0 1 1 3
700 DP: Generic Control Systems or Specific Applications (Data Processing) 1 0 0 1 1 3
702 DP: Measuring, Calibrating, or Testing (Data Processing) 0 0 1 1 1 3
711 Memory (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 3 3
713 Support (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 2 1 3
715 DP: Presentation Processing of Document, Operator Interface Processing, and Screen Saver Display Processing (Data Processing) 0 1 0 2 0 3
002 Apparel 1 0 0 1 0 2
030 Cutlery 0 0 1 1 0 2
044 Fuel and Related Compositions 0 0 0 0 2 2
047 Plant Husbandry 1 0 0 0 1 2
070 Locks 0 1 1 0 0 2
071 Chemistry: Fertilizers 1 1 0 0 0 2
073 Measuring and Testing 0 0 1 0 1 2
081 Tools 0 0 0 1 1 2
104 Railways 0 0 1 1 0 2
114 Ships 0 1 0 0 1 2
131 Tobacco 0 0 0 0 2 2
134 Cleaning and Liquid Contact with Solids 0 1 0 1 0 2
141 Fluent Material Handling, with Receiver or Receiver Coacting Means 0 1 1 0 0 2
148 Metal Treatment 1 0 0 0 1 2
166 Wells (shafts or deep borings in the earth, e.g., for oil and gas) 2 0 0 0 0 2
201 Distillation: Processes, Thermolytic 0 0 1 0 1 2
204 Chemistry: Electrical and Wave Energy 1 0 1 0 0 2
219 Electric Heating 0 0 1 1 0 2
222 Dispensing (apparatus and process) 1 0 0 0 1 2
244 Aeronautics and Astronautics 0 0 1 0 1 2
252 Compositions 0 0 1 1 0 2
273 Amusement Devices: Games 0 0 1 1 0 2
296 Land Vehicles: Bodies and Tops 1 0 0 1 0 2
330 Amplifiers 0 0 1 1 0 2
347 Incremental Printing of Symbolic Information 0 0 0 1 1 2
362 Illumination 1 1 0 0 0 2
379 Telephonic Communications 0 0 1 0 1 2
407 Cutters, for Shaping 0 0 1 1 0 2
415 Rotary Kinetic Fluid Motors or Pumps 0 0 0 1 1 2
416 Fluid Reaction Surfaces (i.e., Impellers) 0 1 1 0 0 2
419 Powder Metallurgy Processes 0 1 1 0 0 2
426 Food or Edible Material: Processes, Compositions, and Products 0 1 1 0 0 2
434 Education and Demonstration 0 0 0 1 1 2
482 Exercise Devices 0 0 1 0 1 2
530 Chemistry: Natural Resins or Derivatives; Peptides or Proteins; Lignins or Reaction Products Thereof 1 0 0 1 0 2
606 Surgery (instruments) 0 0 0 0 2 2
714 Error Detection/Correction and Fault Detection/Recovery 1 0 0 0 1 2
800 Multicellular Living Organisms and Unmodified Parts Thereof and Related Processes 0 0 2 0 0 2
023 Chemistry: Physical Processes 0 0 0 1 0 1
037 Excavating 1 0 0 0 0 1
042 Firearms 1 0 0 0 0 1
043 Fishing, Trapping, and Vermin Destroying 0 0 0 0 1 1
057 Textiles: Spinning, Twisting, and Twining 0 0 0 1 0 1
060 Power Plants 0 0 0 1 0 1
062 Refrigeration 0 1 0 0 0 1
074 Machine Element or Mechanism 0 0 0 0 1 1
084 Music 0 0 0 1 0 1
095 Gas Separation: Processes 0 0 0 1 0 1
106 Compositions: Coating or Plastic 0 1 0 0 0 1
108 Horizontally Supported Planar Surfaces 0 1 0 0 0 1
119 Animal Husbandry 0 0 1 0 0 1
132 Toilet 0 1 0 0 0 1
135 Tent, Canopy, Umbrella, or Cane 0 0 0 1 0 1
156 Adhesive Bonding and Miscellaneous Chemical Manufacture 0 0 0 1 0 1
165 Heat Exchange 0 0 0 1 0 1
173 Tool Driving or Impacting 0 1 0 0 0 1
180 Motor Vehicles 1 0 0 0 0 1
193 Conveyors, Chutes, Skids, Guides, and Ways 0 1 0 0 0 1
194 Check-Actuated Control Mechanisms 1 0 0 0 0 1
206 Special Receptacle or Package 0 0 1 0 0 1
223 Apparel Apparatus 0 0 1 0 0 1
242 Winding, Tensioning, or Guiding 1 0 0 0 0 1
256 Fences 0 0 0 0 1 1
266 Metallurgical Apparatus 0 0 0 1 0 1
277 Seal for a Joint or Juncture 1 0 0 0 0 1
283 Printed Matter 0 0 0 1 0 1
294 Handling: Hand and Hoist-Line Implements 0 0 0 1 0 1
313 Electric Lamp and Discharge Devices 0 0 0 1 0 1
318 Electricity: Motive Power Systems 1 0 0 0 0 1
331 Oscillators 0 0 1 0 0 1
336 Inductor Devices 0 0 0 1 0 1
337 Electricity: Electrothermally or Thermally Actuated Switches 0 1 0 0 0 1
342 Communications: Directive Radio Wave Systems and Devices (e.g., Radar, Radio Navigation) 0 0 0 0 1 1
343 Communications: Radio Wave Antennas 0 0 0 0 1 1
345 Computer Graphics Processing and Selective Visual Display Systems 0 1 0 0 0 1
374 Thermal Measuring and Testing 0 0 1 0 0 1
375 Pulse or Digital Communications 0 1 0 0 0 1
378 X-Ray or Gamma Ray Systems or Devices 0 1 0 0 0 1
392 Electric Resistance Heating Devices 0 0 0 1 0 1
398 Optical Communications 0 0 0 0 1 1
402 Binder Device Releasably Engaging Aperture or Notch of Sheet 1 0 0 0 0 1
403 Joints and Connections 0 0 1 0 0 1
427 Coating Processes 1 0 0 0 0 1
431 Combustion 0 1 0 0 0 1
454 Ventilation 0 1 0 0 0 1
493 Manufacturing Container or Tube From Paper; or Other Manufacturing From a Sheet or Web 0 0 1 0 0 1
501 Compositions: Ceramic 0 0 0 1 0 1
505 Superconductor Technology: Apparatus, Material, Process 0 0 0 0 1 1
507 Earth Boring, Well Treating, and Oil Field Chemistry 0 1 0 0 0 1
510 Cleaning Compositions for Solid Surfaces, Auxiliary Compositions Therefor, or Processes of Preparing the Compositions 0 1 0 0 0 1
607 Surgery: Light, Thermal, and Electrical Application 0 0 1 0 0 1
710 Input/Output (Electrical Computers and Digital Data Processing Systems) 1 0 0 0 0 1
717 DP: Software Development, Installation, and Management (Data Processing) 0 1 0 0 0 1
718 Virtual Machine Task or Process Management or Task Management/Control (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems) 0 0 0 0 1 1
ALL ALL CLASSES 116 123 142 161 152 694



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