The USPTO issued 47,332 patents in Q1 of 2007, a 5.9% increase over the same period a year ago but only a tiny increase over the previous quarter. Published applications (PGPubs) were also up 5.9% over a year ago, reaching 74,277 documents. This was the third highest quarterly total since 2001 but down slightly from Q4 of 2006.
Quarterly Patent and PGPub Counts
Q0 | Patents| PGPubs | Total
Q1 | 47,332 | 74,277 | 121,609