U.S. Patent Statistics and Numbers for 2017

The USPTO issued approximately 318,849 utility patents in 2017, an increase of about 5.2 percent over 2016, and published 380,450 utility and plant patent applications, slightly fewer than 2016.

Table 1 shows the number of documents by type. Design patents and plant patents increased by 6.9 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively. Reissue patents declined 7.5 percent over 2016. The total number of patent documents published in 2017 was 726,218.

Table 1. US Patents by Type Issued in 2017*

Type 2017 2016 % Change
Utility patents 318,849 303,051 5.2
Reissue patents 394 426 -7.5
Design patents 30,872 28,874 6.9
Plant patents 1,311 1,235 6.2
Applications 380,450 381,792 0.4

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 Totals may change after the fact due to withdrawn patents and published applications.

The USPTO is on track to issue patent number 10,000,000 in 2018, probably by May or June.

Table 2. US Patent Number Ranges, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017

Type First Number Last Number
Utility patents 9,532,496 9,854,720
Reissue patents RE46,259 RE46,653
Design patents D775,450 D806,349
Plant patents PP27,530 PP28,830
Applications 2017/0000001 2017/0374792
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