U.S. Patent Statistics and Numbers for 2013

The USPTO issued 305,081 patents in 2013, an increase of 10.2 percent over 2012. The agency also published 347,148 utility and plant patent applications, an increase of 4.7 percent over the previous year. The total number of U.S. patent documents published in 2013 increased to 652,229, another all-time high. Table 1 shows the number of documents by type.

Table 1. US Patents by Type Issued in 2013*

Type Total
Utility patents 279,899
Reissue patents 844
Design patents 23,479
Plant patents 846
SIRs 13
Applications 347,148

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 Totals may change after the fact due to withdrawn patents and published applications.

On August 6, the USPTO reached another milestone, issuing patent no. 8,500,000. Design patents are rapidly approaching the 700,000 mark; it is likely that D700,000 will be issued in February 2014.

The USPTO abolished the Statutory Invention Registration (SIR) Program in March. The number of SIRs published during the 28 years the program was in existence was approximately 2,260. The number of SIRs per year has steadily decreased since the USPTO began publishing applications in 2001. Only 13 SIRs were published this year, almost twice as many as in 2012.

Table 2. US Patent Number Ranges, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013

Type First Number Last Number
Utility patent 8,341,762 8,621,661
Reissue patent RE43,844 RE44,688
Design patent D673,356 D696,835
Plant patent PP23,288 PP24,134
SIR H2,274 H2,287
Utility application 2013/0000001 2013/347149
Plant application 2013/0007930 2013/347159
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