Monday, January 10, 2011

USPTO patent grants up 31%

A Bloomberg story on an IFI report is titled IBM, Samsung Lead 31% Record Jump in New U.S. Patents in 2010 and includes text:

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office improved turnaround times by processing applications more efficiently, contributing to “the most significant annual increase on record,” IFI said. The gain also shows the effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression failed to deter companies from continuing to innovate, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a Hayward, California-based information technology researcher.


“Not all of our inventions get commercialized, but virtually all start with the research and intent to commercialize them,” Manny Schecter, IBM’s chief patent counsel, said in a telephone interview.

Also, from 247wallst The 2010 Patent Kings: Top Ten Patent Grants By CompanyL

Patents approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office rose 31% in 2010 , according to IFI Claims Patent Services. The surge may have something to do with a pick-up of R&D after the recession. It could also be related to the increasing importance of patents as companies war with one another over intellectual property.

CNET took a more sobering view in its piece U.S. patent awards surge in 2010; IBM still tops

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There's plenty of criticism of the U.S. patent system for granting intellectual property protections for ideas that aren't original enough, but that hasn't stopped the corporate patent frenzy.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 219,614 patents in 2010, a 31 percent increase over 2009, according to statistics from IFI Claims, a division of Fairview Research that tracks patent grants.

IPBiz notes that the grant rate has gone up. There is still a tremendous backlog of applications.

Related to IFI


Blogger New said...

David Kappos seems to be outdoing himself. By all accounts, the new Director of the US patent office seems to have earned his stellar reputation.

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