US Patent Statistics for 2012

The USPTO issued 276,820 patents and published 331,583 applications in calendar year 2012, 7 percent more than in 2011 and an all-time high of 608,403 patent documents.Table 1 shows the number of documents by type.

No milestones were reached in 2012, but in 2013 it’s virtually guaranteed that the USPTO will issue patent no. 8,500,000. And design patents are rapidly approaching the 700,000 mark.

Table 1. US Patents by Type Issued in 2012*

Type Total
Utility patents 253,178
Reissue patents 822
Design patents 21,952
Plant patents 860
SIRs 8
Applications 331,583

*Based on preliminary data from the USPTO website. Totals may change after the fact due to withdrawn patents and published applications.

Table 2. US Patent Number Ranges, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012

Type First Number Last Number
Utility patent 8,087,094 8,341,760
Reissue patent RE43,053 RE43,883
Design patent D651,376 D673,345
Plant patent PP22,428 PP23,287
SIR H2,266 H2,273
Utility application 2012/0000001 2012/321207
Plant application 2012/0005794 2012/331605
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