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: IP Spotlight

USPTO Statistics: Fewer Allowances, More Appeals

By Jim Singer

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More from this month’s “Advanced Patent Law Institute” at the USPTO: John Love, the USPTO’s Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, and Hon.Michael Fleming, ChiefAdminstrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Intereferences, presented some interestingstatistics:

  • the allowance rate for U.S. patent applications has declined from over 70% in 2000 to just above 50% in 2007;
  • requests for continued examination have increased 10-fold in the past 5 years;
  • the number of appeals filed after final rejections almost doubled between 2006 and 2007 (from 1357 appeals in filed 2006 to 2511 filed in 2007).

Mostpatent applicants will not go through the expense offiling an appeal unless they truly believe that their case has merit. So how often are appeals successful? (more…)

Full post as published by IP Spotlight on January 21, 2008 (boomark / email).

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