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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2008
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TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITIES

TABLE 1: SUMMARY OF PATENT EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2004 - FY 2008)

(PRELIMINARY FOR FY 2008)Read Footnote 11

Patent Examining Activity 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Applications filed, totalRead Footnote 11,Read Footnote 22 378,984 409,532 445,613 468,330 496,762
UtilityRead Footnote 33 353,319 381,797 417,453 439,578 466,147
Reissue     996   1,143   1,204   1,057   1,071
Plant   1,212   1,288   1,103   1,002   1,333
Design  23,457  25,304  25,853  26,693  28,211

Provisional Applications FiledRead Footnote 22,Read Footnote 44
102,268 111,753 121,471 132,459 143,030

First actions
Design  17,328  20,108  23,291  29,029  28,756
Utility, Plant, and Reissue 288,315 297,287 320,349 367,953 422,065
PCT/Chapter  17,935  22,795  25,034  24,741  51,300

Patent application disposals, total
304,921 298,838 332,535 362,227 396,228

Allowed patent applications, total
195,611 182,254 186,593 195,530 187,607
Design  16,262  18,161  20,721  25,747  24,735
Utility, Plant, and Reissue 179,349 164,093 165,872 169,783 162,872

Abandoned, total
 109,295 116,564 145,912 166,690 208,610
Design   1,471   1,332   2,125   2,661   2,936
Utility, Plant, and Reissue  107,824 115,232 143,787 164,029 205,674

Statutory invention registration disposals, total
     15      20      30       7      11

PCT/Chapter II examinations completed
 19,439  12,594   7,295   5,336   2,937

Applications PublishedRead Footnote 55
248,561 291,221 291,259 302,678 309,194

Patents issuedRead Footnote 22,Read Footnote 66
187,170 165,483 183,187 184,376 182,556
Utility 169,296 151,077 162,509 160,306 154,699
Reissue     343     195     500     548     662
Plant     998     816   1,106     979   1,179
Design  16,533  13,395  19,072  22,543  26,016

Pendency time of average patent applicationRead Footnote 77
   27.6    29.1    31.1    31.9    32.2
Reexamination certificates issued     138     223     329     367     575
PCT international applications received by USPTO as receiving office  45,396  46,926  52,524  54,214  54,522
National requirements received by USPTO as designated/elected office  37,173  41,256  48,158  52,339  57,486
Patents renewed under Public Law (P.L.) 102-204Read Footnote 88 269,815 268,935 324,913 343,894 353,923
Patents expired under P.L. 102-204Read Footnote 88  63,552  67,534  72,654  67,122  67,127

Notes:

1: FY 2008 data are preliminary and will be finalized in the FY 2009 PAR. (back to text)

2: FY 2007 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: 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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