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george
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USPTO Handles Record Number of Applications
« on: Dec 13th, 2005, 6:50am »
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406,302 patent applications and 323,501 applications for trademark registration.
 
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Re: USPTO Handles Record Number of Applications
« Reply #1 on: May 22nd, 2006, 8:02pm »
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In the January, 2006 issue of Intellectual Property Today, attorneys Thomas J. Van Gilder and Carl A. Kukkonen cited to a document on the webpage of the United States Patent and Trademark Office [USPTO] for the proposition that "patent filings have grown from 353,394 to 406,302, an increase of nearly 15%, from FY 2002 to FY 2005." In footnote 3 of their article, they carefully provided the page number of the document and the link to the document: See USPTO 2005 Annual Report at 61, http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/com/annual/2005/2005annualreport.pdf.
 
For some time, one will find at page 61 of the above-identified link a table stating that there were 409,532 filings in FY 2005. One will not find an explanation of why the previous number of 406,302 is gone.
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Re: USPTO Handles Record Number of Applications
« Reply #2 on: May 22nd, 2006, 8:47pm »
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This is obviously continuing evidence of a vast PTO conspiracy to do something we are not privy to.
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Re: USPTO Handles Record Number of Applications
« Reply #3 on: Jul 6th, 2006, 5:43am »
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Numbers are not the only thing the USPTO is juggling.  From a board concerning the rulemaking proposal on continuing applications:
 
At the ABA meeting in Boston [ABA section on IP law, June 22, 2006], Solicitor Whealan made it clear that reducing patent pendency/backlog was NOT the reason behind the proposed "No continuations past one without our permission" rule. Instead, it is being promulgated to prevent applicants from surprising the public with new claims in a continuation several years after the filing date.
 
The numbers change and the rationales change.
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Re: USPTO Handles Record Number of Applications
« Reply #4 on: Jul 6th, 2006, 6:31am »
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To be fair to the PTO, their proposal has always mentioned the public notice issue involved with continuations.   One problem with trying to sort out the PTOs rationale is that much of the proposal lumps together continuations and RCEs as one issue even though they are not used in the same way.   I believe the reason for the lumping is that the PTO sees the need to prevent continuations from being used to circumvent the limits on RCEs.
 
But there seems to be far more public support for limiting continuations.
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