Patent Grants 2016

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Although we are only 8-weeks into 2016, I wanted to take a first-look at where we are headed in terms of patent grants for the year.  In red you’ll see my forecast for the year based upon these first 8-weeks.  Although I expect a drop in patent grants again for 2016, the year will still likely rank as the third-most-patents-granted for any year in the history of the patent office.

About Dennis Crouch

Law Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.

6 thoughts on “Patent Grants 2016

  1. “the year will still likely rank as the third-most-patents-granted for any year in the history of the patent office”

    Oh no! Oh wait, if the level of innovation stays the same every year, and the population increases every year, that means . . . the number of patents . . . should . . .hmmm . . . increase every yea………

  2. It would be interesting to see a line drawn through each past year’s level at this particular time stamp (to correspond to the dark blue of the current year)

  3. DC: Although I expect a drop in patent grants again for 2016, the year will still likely rank as the third-most-patents-granted for any year in the history of the patent office.

    There won’t be a significant increase in patent grants for at least five more years.

    That’s guaranteed.

    1. It’s always been the case, but especially true now: anyone who ever stooped to defend that junky “swipe to unlock” claim should officially feel ashamed.

      Neonode discloses using a touch gesture on the screen to unlock a phone but does not have a moving image associated with the gesture.

      Providing images that moved in response to touchscreen gestures was, of course, also well known in the art.

      Apple’s “teaching away” arguments were always ridiculous and nonsensical but that’s true of 99% of the teaching away arguments made in defense of “do it on a computer” claims.

      What a farce.

      1. they also made a – “hey those prior art documents are not relevant prior art because they are from different fields of art (one a touch screen for a handheld phone, the other for a wall mounted touch screen)” (which also failed miserably)

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