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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2007
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TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2003 - FY 2007)

PRELIMINARY FOR FY 2007Read Footnote 11

Patent Examining Activity 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Applications filed, totalRead Footnote 22 355,418 378,984 409,532 445,613 467,243
UtilityRead Footnote 33 331,729 353,319 381,797 417,453 438,576
Reissue     938     996   1,143   1,204     994
Plant     785   1,212   1,288   1,103   1,047
Design  21,966  23,457  25,304  25,833  26,626

Provisional Applications FiledRead Footnote 44
 92,517 102,268 111,753 121,471 132,352

First actions
Design  19,013  17,328  20,108  23,291  29,029
Utility, Plant, and Reissue 283,111 288,315 297,287 320,349 367,953
PCT/Chapter  23,277  17,935  22,795  25,034  24,741

Patent application disposals, total
303,635 304,921 298,838 332,535 362,227

Allowed patent applications, total
205,879 195,611 182,254 186,593 195,530
Design  17,596  16,262  18,161  20,721  25,747
Utility, Plant, and Reissue 188,283 179,349 164,093 165,872 169,783

Abandoned, total
 97,745 109,295 116,564 145,912 166,690
Design   1,569   1,471   1,332   2,125   2,661
Utility, Plant, and Reissue  96,176 107,824 115,232 143,787 164,029

Statutory invention registration disposals, total
     11      15      20      30       7

PCT/Chapter II examinations completed
 21,005  19,439  12,594   7,295   5,336

Applications PublishedRead Footnote 55
243,007 248,561 291,221 291,259 302,678

Patents issuedRead Footnote 66
189,590 187,170 165,483 183,187 184,377
Utility 171,493 169,296 151,077 162,509 160,308
Reissue     394     343     195     500     546
Plant   1,178     998     816   1,106     979
Design  16,525  16,533  13,395  19,072  22,544

Pendency time of average patent applicationRead Footnote 77
   26.7    27.6    29.1    31.1    31.9
Reexamination certificates issued     193     138     223     329     367
PCT international applications received by USPTO as receiving officeRead Footnote 22  42,969  45,396  46,926  52,524  52,214
National requirements received by USPTO as designated/elected officeRead Footnote 22,Read Footnote 88  32,753  37,173  41,256  48,158  52,339
Patents renewed under Public Law (P.L.) 102-204Read Footnote 99 253,475 269,815 268,935 324,913 343,894
Patents expired under P.L. 102-204Read Footnote 99  57,770  63,552  67,534  72,654  67,122

Notes:

1: FY 2007 data are preliminary and will be finalized in the FY 2008 PAR. (back to text)

2: FY 2006 application data has been updated with final end of year numbers. (back to text)

3: Utility patents include chemical, electrical and mechanical applications. (back to text)

4: Provisional applications provided for in Pub.L. 103-465. (back to text)

5: Eighteen-month publication of patent applications provided for in the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, Pub.L. 106-113. (back to text)

6: Excludes withdrawn numbers. Past years’ data may have been revised from prior year reports. (back to text)

7: Average time (in months) between filing and issuance or abandonment of utility, plant, and reissue applications. This average does not include design patents. (back to text)

8: FY 2005 data has been updated. (back to text)

9: The provisions of Pub.L. 102-204 regarding the renewal of patents superceded Pub.L. 96-517 and Pub.L. 97-247. (back to text)

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