Patent Applications Filed
How many patent applications are filed each year with the U.S. Patent Office?




 

520,277  (2010).  Number of patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.  A total of 520,277 patent applications were filed with the USPTO in the year 2010.  (See Patent and Technology Monitoring Team, "U.S. Patent Statistics Chart - Calendar Years 1963 - 2010," Electronic Information Products Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC, April 20, 2010)  For questions or further USPTO information:  571-272-5600 - Fax: 571-273-0110 or Email: oeip@uspto.gov Patents filed in 2010. 

482,871  (2009).  Number of patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2009.  A total of 482,871 patent applications were filed with the USPTO in the year 2009.  This included 456,106 utility, 25,806 design and 959 plant patent applications.  (Patent and Technology Monitoring Team, "U.S. Patent Statistics Chart - Calendar Years 1963 - 2009," Electronic Information Products Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC, April 20, 2010)  For questions or further USPTO information:  571-272-5600 - Fax: 571-273-0110 or Email: oeip@uspto.gov

485,312 (2008).  Number of patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2008.  A total of 485,312 patent applications were filed with the USPTO in the year 2008.  This included 456,321 utility, 27,782 design and 1,209 plant patent applications.  How many patents are filed in the U.S.?  (Patent and Technology Monitoring Team, "U.S. Patent Statistics Chart - Calendar Years 1963 - 2008," Electronic Information Products Division, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC, May 5, 2009, retrieved June 16, 2009) 


How many patent applications are received per day?  485,312 / 260 work days per year = 1,867 per work day.


443,652 (2006).  Number of U.S. patent applications filed in 2006. “Patents themselves don't come easily. In 2006, the patent office received 443,652 patent applications, but only 183,187 were issued that year.”  (Joyce Smith, Business Columnist, “Seeing your invention through: Entrepreneur week helps highlight some success stories of those who dream big,” Kansas City Star, February 27, 2007)

440,000 (2006).  "Last year [2006], the [US patent office] received a record number of patent applications, more than 440,000, and that number is expected to be higher this year."  Record number of patents. (Commissioner for Patents John J. Doll quoted in Theresa Vargas, Washington Post Staff Writer, “Novel Ideas Pass Through Filter at U.S. Patent Office,” Washington Post, Sunday, November 18, 2007)


What percent of patents make money?  What are the odds of an inventor having a patent approved by the patent office?  What are the odds of a patented invention becoming commercially viable?


350,000 (2003).  Number of patent applications filed in 2003.  “Last year, the PTO received around 350,000 [patent] applications and currently has a backlog of over half a million to review. It is a global concern: foreigners account for around half of all patents granted.” (“The Cost of Ideas: Intellectual”, The Economist, November 13, 2004)

350,000.  Number of new applications received per year by the patent office.  “There are a lot of ideas out there, enough to overwhelm the staff of the Patent and Trademark Office, which is working to keep its promise to cut down on the length of time it takes to process a patent application, now about 24 months on average. The problem is not enough examiners. They can't keep up with the huge leap in the number of patent applications during the 1990s. The Patent and Trademark Office now receives about 350,000 new applications a year.”  Number of patents filed per year.   (Ira Flatow, “Analysis: Inventors, inventing and the process of obtaining patents,” Talk of the Nation, Science Friday, NPR, January 4, 2002)

345,732.  Number of patent applications received by the patent office in 2001.  Nationwide, the patent office received 345,732 patent applications last year [2001] and granted 183,975 - both record numbers. Independent inventors claimed 24,998 patents, about 13.5 percent of the total. Companies and individuals outside the United States received 46 percent of the patents.” (Doug Cooley, “A bent to invent,”Puget Sound Business Journal, July 26, 2002)

185,224.  Number of patents issued by the USPTO in 2008.  “U.S. Patent And Trademark Office, Electronic Information Products Division, Patent Technology Monitoring Team, “U.S. Patent Statistics Chart - Calendar Years 1963 – 2008,” Washington, D.C., Last modified May 5, 2009)


Want to know how many patents were filed with the patent office in a particular year?  Or issued in a particular year?  Or perhaps only how many plant patents or utility patents were issued during a specific time period?  You can find that information at U.S. Patent Statistics Chart - Calendar Years 1963 – 2008.