U.S. Patent Statistics and Numbers for 2014

The USPTO issued 326,076 patents in 2014, an increase of 6.7 percent over 2013, and published 380,457 utility and plant patent applications, up 9.6 percent. The total number of U.S. patent documents published in 2014 increased to 706,553, another all-time high. Table 1 shows the number of documents by type.

Table 1. US Patents by Type Issued in 2014*

Type 2014 2013 % Change
Utility patents 300,715 279,899  7.4
Reissue patents 626 844 -25.8
Design patents 23,657 23,479 0.8
Plant patents 1,072 846 26.7
SIRs 6 13 -53.8
Applications 380,457 347,148 9.6

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 Totals may change after the fact due to withdrawn patents and published applications.

The USPTO is rapidly approaching the 9,000,000 mark for utility patents. At the current rate of about 5,700 utility patents per week, it is likely that patent no. 9,000,000 will be issued in March or April of 2015.

The number of Statutory Invention Registrations declined to 6 from 13, a drop of 53.8 percent. The USPTO abolished SIRs in 2013.

Table 2. US Patent Number Ranges, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014

Type First Number Last Number
Utility patents 8,621,662 8,925,111
Reissue patents RE44,689 RE45,316
Design patents D696,836 D720,515
Plant patents PP24,135 PP25,206
SIRs H2288 H2293
Applications 2014/0000001 2014/380543
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