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USPTO releases 2008 annual report

November 17, 2008
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The USPTO today released its annual report for fiscal year 2008 (press release here), which ended September 30. Below is a comparison of a few key statistics with the 2007 stats:

2007 2008
change
Average months to first action (patent)
25.3 25.6 +.3
Average months total pendency (patent)
31.9 32.2 +.3
Percent of applications filed electronically (patent)
49.3% 72.1% +22.8%
Average months to first action (trademark) 2.9 3.0 +.1
Average months total pendency (trademark)
15.1 13.9 -1.2
Percent of applications filed electronically (trademark) 95.4% 96.9% +1.5%

A total of 496,762 patent applications were filed in 2008 (plus 143,030 provisional applications). Of those, 1,765 (0.36%) were filed under the USPTO's accelerated examination program.

To read the full report, click here.


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