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Tuesday May 19, 2015

Redesigned and Updated Patents Dashboard

Guest blog by Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino

In direct response to feedback we’ve received from the public, we have updated our online Patents Dashboard. The Patents Dashboard is one of several tools the USPTO makes available to the public to track our progress in areas such as pendency, quality and timeliness. 

The new dashboard provides information on major metrics with sub-pages organized by topic. A considerable amount of additional data has been added that relates to designs, petitions, after final responses, amendment turnaround, patent term adjustment, and other pendency metrics and filing information. One new feature of the updated dashboard is a “statistic of the quarter.” The statistic we are featuring this quarter shows the impact of recent court decisions by comparing the allowance rate for business methods, biologics and diagnostic methods and the overall allowance rate.

Much of the data, including the statistic of the quarter and petitions and patent term adjustment, is being provided to the public for the first time, and in response to public requests for it. We are releasing the data as part of our continuing efforts to be open and transparent about our operations and to provide useful information to our stakeholders in a timely manner. These updates also directly support our Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative.

We hope our users will find these new dashboard updates useful and informative and we welcome your comments and suggestions about them. Please send comments and suggestions to patentsdashboard@uspto.gov.

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