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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 … Continue reading

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Top 100 Universities with US Patents Granted in 2015

The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association have published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2015. Topping the list are the University of California, MIT, Stanford, University of Texas … Continue reading

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Obit: Leonard Lee, Canadian innovator and entrepreneur

Leonard Lee, founder of Lee Valley Tools, a woodworking and gardening tool supply company, has died at the age of 77. Lee started selling woodworking tools by mail order in the late 1970s and then branched out into gardening tools, … Continue reading

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Patent Act of 1836 Celebrates 180th Anniversary

Today is the Fourth of July, the 240 birthday of the United States of America. It also marks the 180th anniversary of the modern U.S. patent system. On this date in 1836, a new patent statute went into effect. A … Continue reading

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USPTO Director is First Woman to Lead Agency

A few weeks ago Michelle K. Lee was officially appointed Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) director. She is the first woman to hold the position and the 53rd head in the … Continue reading

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US Patent Milestone: 9,000,000

The USPTO reached another patent milestone on April 7 by issuing patent no. 9,000,000 to inventor Matthew Carroll of Florida. Mr. Carroll’s invention is a system for collecting and conditioning rainwater from a car’s windshield and channeling it to the … Continue reading

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EPO patent filings up 3.1 percent in 2014

The EPO reports that patent filings were up 3.1 percent in 2014, to a record of nearly 275,000 applications. Approximately 65 percent of the filings originated from outside Europe with the U.S. accounting for 26 percent.

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