By Dennis Crouch
Despite being held-back by the Federal spending sequester and a focus on implementing the first-to-invent and post-issuance review procedures of the America Invents Act, the US Patent Office has also awarded more patents than ever. The preliminary figure for 2013 is 277,861 patents issued, which represents a 10% jump over last-year’s record. See USPTO Patent Grants: Another Record Year (3rd in a Row). The average pendency of utility applications (application filing to issuance or abandonment) has been slowly decreasing over the past several years, but has hovered around 37-months for the past six months.