Category Archives: USPTO

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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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 … Continue reading

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IP5 Patent Statistics Report for 2013

The IP5 patent offices (China, Europe, Japan, Korea and the US) have released their annual patent statistics report for 2013. In 2013, more than 2.1 million patent applications were filed in the IP5 offices, an increase of 11 percent over … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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USPTO Adopts PDF for Patent Documents

The USPTO has adopted PDF as the default format for displaying patent documents from its databases, making it one of the last (if not last) of the major patent offices to switch to the world’s most popular document image format. … Continue reading

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US Patent Milestone: 8,500,000

The USPTO reached another milestone on August 6, issuing patent no. 8,500,000 B2 to Elmer Berendas of Germany for a “Device for locking and unlocking the jalousie (rolling shutter) of a container.”According to the patent, this type of container is … Continue reading

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USPTO Launches Global Patent Search Network

The USPTO has launched a new patent search system called the Global Patent Search Network (GPSN). Initial coverage includes Chinese published applications, patents, utility models from 2008 through 2011. Users can search patent documents in the English or Chinese language … Continue reading

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