U.S. Patents, 1836-present

The Patent Act of 1836, passed on July 4, ushered in a number of changes to the U.S. patent system. Issued patents were assigned numbers for the first time. Patent No. 1 issued on July 13, 1836 to Senator John Ruggles of Maine, who was one of the chief architects of patent reform and modernization.

Table 1. U.S. Patents, 1882-present

Year 1st Application 1st Patent
2016 9,226,437
2015 544,379 8,925,112
2014 998,975 8,621,662
2013 694,748 8,341,762
2012 374,487 8,087,094
2011 930,166 7,861,317
2010 655,475 7,640,598
2009 317,884 7,472,428
2008 5,841 7,313,829
2007 646,743 7,155,746
2006 320,178 6,981,282
2005 23,305 6,836,899
2004 746,297 6,671,884
2003 334,164 6,502,244
2002 32,443 6,334,220
2001 740,756 6,167,569
2000 471,932 6,009,555
1999 219,723 5,855,021
1998 1 5,704,062
1997 777,991 5,590,420
1996 581,739 5,479,658
1995 367,542 5,377,359
1994 176,047 5,274,846
1993 1 5,175,886
1992 815,501 5,077,836
1991 636,609 4,980,927
1990 459,413 4,890,335
1989 292,671 4,794,652
1988 140,321 4,716,594
1987 1 4,633,526
1986 815,454 4,562,596
1985 688,174 4,490,855
1984 567,457 4,423,523
1983 454,954 4,366,579
1982 336,510 4,308,622
1981 221,957 4,242,757
1980 108,971 4,180,867
1979 1 4,131,952
1978 866,211 4,065,812
1977 756,051 4,000,520
1976 645,931 3,930,271
1975 537,821 3,858,241
1974 429,701 3,781,914
1973 319,971 3,707,729
1972 214,538 3,631,539
1971 103,000 3,551,909
1970 1 3,487,470
1969 788,000 3,419,907
1968 695,000 3,360,800
1967 606,000 3,295,143
1966 518,000 3,226,729
1965 423,000 3,163,865
1964 335,000 3,116,487
1963 248,000 3,070,801
1962 163,000 3,015,103
1961 80,000 2,966,681
1960 1 2,919,443
1959 784,000 2,866,973
1958 706,000 2,818,567
1957 632,000 2,775,762
1956 557,000 2,728,913
1955 479,000 2,698,434
1954 401,000 2,664,562
1953 329,000 2,624,046
1952 264,000 2,580,379
1951 204,000 2,536,016
1950 136,000 2,492,944
1949 68,000 2,457,797
1948 1 2,433,824
1947 719,000 2,413,675
1946 638,000 2,391,856
1945 570,000 2,366,154
1944 516,000 2,338,081
1943 471,000 2,307,007
1942 425,000 2,268,540
1941 372,000 2,227,418
1940 312,000 2,185,170
1939 249,000 2,142,080
1938 183,000 2,104,004
1937 119,000 2,066,309
1936 57,000 2,026,516
1935 1 1,985,878
1934 705,000 1,941,449
1933 650,000 1,892,663
1932 584,000 1,839,190
1931 506,000 1,787,424
1930 418,000 1,742,181
1929 330,000 1,696,897
1928 244,000 1,654,521
1927 158,000 1,612,700
1926 78,000 1,568,040
1925 1 1,521,590
1924 684,000 1,478,996
1923 610,000 1,440,362
1922 526,000 1,401,948
1921 435,000 1,364,063
1920 349,000 1,326,899
1919 270,000 1,290,027
1918 210,000 1,251,458
1917 140,000 1,210,389
1916 70,000 1,166,419
1915 1 1,123,212
1914 810,000 1,083,267
1913 740,000 1,049,326
1912 669,000 1,013,095
1911 600,000 980,178
1910 536,000 945,010
1909 470,000 908,436
1908 409,000 875,679
1907 350,000 839,799
1906 294,000 808,618
1905 239,000 778,834
1904 188,000 748,567
1903 137,000 717,521
1902 87,000 690,385
1901 41,000 664,827
1900 1 640,167
1899 700,000 616,871
1898 665,000 596,467
1897 618,000 574,369
1896 574,000 552,502
1895 533,000 531,619
1894 495,000 511,744
1893 457,000 488,976
1892 417,000 466,315
1891 376,000 443,987
1890 335,000 418,665
1889 295,000 395,305
1888 260,000 375,720
1887 223,000 355,291
1886 187,000 333,494
1885 152,000 310,163
1884 115,000 291,016
1883 84,000 269,820
1882 50,000 251,685

Table 2. U.S. Patents, 1836-1881

Year 1st Patent
1881 236,137
1880 223,211
1879 211,078
1878 198,733
1877 185,813
1876 171,641
1875 158,350
1874 146,120
1873 134,504
1872 122,304
1871 110,617
1870 98,460
1869 85,503
1868 72,959
1867 60,658
1866 51,784
1865 45,685
1864 41,047
1863 37,266
1862 34,045
1861 31,005
1860 26,642
1859 22,477
1858 19,010
1857 16,324
1856 14,009
1855 12,117
1854 10,358
1853 9,512
1852 8,622
1851 7,865
1850 6,981
1849 5,993
1848 5,409
1847 4,914
1846 4,348
1845 3,873
1844 3,395
1843 2,901
1842 2,413
1841 1,923
1840 1,465
1839 1,061
1838 546
1837 110
1836 1

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