In fiscal year 2005, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) received a record number of patent and trademark applications. The agency received 406,302 patent applications, and 323,501 applications for trademark registration as reported in its fiscal year 2005 Performance and Accountability Report released last week.
"During fiscal year 2005, the USPTO continued its efforts to make the world's best patent and trademark office even better," Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas commented. "We developed aggressive new reform proposals that will enhance quality and improve productivity. This was accomplished while we maintained our commitment to strengthen intellectual property protection and fought piracy and counterfeiting through a variety of educational outreach programs."
The USPTO granted 165,485 patents, including 151,079 utility (inventions), 13,395 design, and 816 plant patents. Since 1790, over seven million U.S. patents have been granted.
U.S. resident inventors received 85,238 U.S. patents in fiscal year 2005. California resident inventors received the highest share (23 percent, 19,928 patents) of these patents, followed by inventors from New York (7 percent, 5,631 patents), Texas (7 percent, 5,660 patents), Michigan (5 percent, 3,907 patents), and Massachusetts (4 percent, 3,443 patents).
The USPTO registered 143,396 trademarks and renewed 32,279 registrations in fiscal year 2005. Over 3 million trademarks have been registered since the first in 1870. At the end of fiscal year 2005, there were 1,255,570 active trademark registrations.
For the complete report, see: www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/annual/2005/2005annualreport.pdf .
Correction: The USPTO received a record number of patent applications in FY 2005; however, more trademark applications (375,428) were filed in FY 2000 than in FY 2005.
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