The count of patents granted each week continues to remain at an all-time-high. If the trend continues for the last three months of the year, the USPTO will likely issue more than 220,000 utility patents for the year — 50,000 more than in 2009. Of the top-ten highest historic grant-weeks, all ten came from this summer (June – August 2010).
The following chart shows the historic patent grants per year. The figure for 2010 is forecasted based on data available as of August 18, 2010.