Re: Your adventure story as a patent agent
« Reply #6 on: Jul 27th, 2005, 1:36pm »
ttglink wrote “To earn a decent living, one must process at least 14 cases a year as a patent agent.”
I don’t know where ttglink got the 14/year number; but here’s an observation” in 2003 the USPTO received:
353,391 utility, plant and reissue applications,
23,468 design applications, and
45,396 PCT applications
According to the PTO web site there are currently 7224 patent agents + 23,793 patent attorneys, for a total of 31,017 patent practitioners.
total applications in 2003 / practitioner = 13.6 applications per year per practitioner
Of course this does not figure in all the pro se applications or the fact that many US applications are essentially duplicates of other applications, perhaps with modified claims. This 13.6 figure also does not take into account that many practitioners listed as “active” on the PTO data base rarely or never file an application; and many applications are ghosted and then reviewed by a practitioner, signed and filed.
Nevertheless, 14 cases per year may be a useful ballpark estimate for the number of cases filed per year by the “typical” practitioner.