U.S. Patent Statistics and Numbers for 2016

The USPTO issued 303,051 patents in 2016, an increase of 1.5 percent over 2015. It also published approximately 381,792 utility and plant patent applications, essentially unchanged from last year. Table 1 shows the number of documents by type. Design patents and plant patents increased by 11 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Reissue patents declined 16.8 percent over 2015.

Table 1. US Patents by Type Issued in 2016*

Type 2016 2015 % Change
Utility patents 303,051 298,446 1.5
Reissue patents 426 512 -16.8
Design patents 28,874 25,987 11.1
Plant patents 1,235 1,074 15.0
SIRs 0 0 0
Applications 381,792 380,450 0.35

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 Totals may change after the fact due to withdrawn patents and published applications.

The USPTO reached another patent milestone on November 16 when it issued patent no. 9,500,000.

Table 2. US Patent Number Ranges, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016

Type First Number Last Number
Utility patents 9,226,437 9,532,495
Reissue patents RE45,832 RE46,258
Design patents D746,541 D775,449
Plant patents PP26,285 PP27,519
SIRs None None
Applications 2016/0000001 2016/0381857
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