In fiscal year 2004, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted 187,170 patents, including 169,296 utility (inventions), 16,533 design, and 998 plant patents as reported in its fiscal year 2004 Performance and Accountability Report released today. Since 1790, over seven million U.S. patents have been granted.
U.S. resident inventors received 97,913 U.S. patents in fiscal year 2004. California resident inventors received the highest share (23 percent, 22,389 patents) of these patents, followed by inventors from New York (7 percent, 6,788 patents), Texas (7 percent, 6,424 patents), Michigan (4 percent, 4,260 patents), and Massachusetts (4 percent, 4,109 patents).
The USPTO registered 155,991 trademarks and renewed 34,735 registrations in fiscal year 2004. At the end of the fiscal year, there were 1,216,691 active trademark registrations.
"A strong economy, a vibrant economy, depends directly on effective protection of new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Jon Dudas. "The continuing demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs."
For the complete report, see: www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/annual/2004/index.html
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