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USPTO Year in Review: 2019 Patent Trends

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USPTO Year in Review: 2019 Patent Trends*

 

            In January, 2020, United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO) released its annual Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2019. Overall, the report showed a slight decrease in U.S. patent application filings and U.S. patent issuances across utility, design and plant applications. Further, comparing fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2018, the average time for a first office action to issue dropped from 15.8 months to 14.7 months and the total average pendency remained at 23.8 months.

 

 

Patent

2018

2019

∆%

Filings

Utility

599,174

616,852

2.95

Design

46,360

46,142

-0.47

Plant

1,049

1,168

11.34

Reissue

989

1,069

8.09

Issued

Utility

306,912

305,008

-0.62

Design

30,849

31,845

3.23

Plant

1,251

1,193

-4.64

Resissue

500

538

7.60

  

UPR Pendency Statistics by Technology Center (in months)

Average First
Action Pendency

Total Average
Pendency

Total UPR Pendency

14.7

23.8

Tech Center 1600—Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry

11.8

22.8

Tech Center 1700—Chemical and Materials Engineering

16.4

27.7

Tech Center 2100—Computer Architecture, Software, and Information Security

17.5

28.3

Tech Center 2400—Networks, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security

13.3

25.2

Tech Center 2600—Communications

10.4

20.0

Tech Center 2800—Semiconductor, Electrical, Optical Systems, and Components

12.5

22.1

Tech Center 3600—Transportation, Construction, Agriculture, and Electronic Commerce

16.5

26.8

Tech Center 3700—Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products

19.1

28.8

 

 

2019’s Top 20 U.S. Patent Assignees:*

 

Rank

Company

2018 Grants

2019 Grants

∆%

1

IBM

9,100

9,262

1.78

2

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

5,850

6,469

10.58

3

Canon Inc

3,056

3,548

16.10

4

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC

2,353

3,081

30.94

5

Intel Corp

2,735

3,020

10.42

6

LG Electronics Inc

2,474

2,805

13.38

7

Apple Inc

2,160

2,490

15.28

8

Ford Global Technologies LLC

2,123

2,468

16.25

9

Amazon Technologies Inc

2,035

2,427

19.26

10

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd

1,680

2,418

43.93

11

Qualcomm Inc

2,300

2,348

2.09

12

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd

2,465

2,331

-5.44

13

BOE Technology Group Co Ltd

1,624

2,177

34.05

14

Sony Corp

1,688

2,142

26.90

15

Google LLC

2,070

2,102

1.55

16

Toyota Motor Corp

1,959

2,034

3.83

17

Samsung Display Co Ltd

1,948

1,946

-0.10

18

General Electric Co

1,597

1,818

13.84

19

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB

1,353

1,607

18.77

20

Hyundai Motor Co

1,369

1,504

9.86

 

* USPTO Fiscal Year: October 1 through September 30

- All data comes from USPTO’s 2018 and 2019 Performance and Accountability Report, available at https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/performance-and-planning/uspto-annual-reports

* All data was compiled by ifi CLAIMS Patent Services, available at: https://www.ificlaims.com/rankings-top-50-2019.htm

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