USPTO Allowances and Abandonments

by Dennis Crouch

The chart below shows the number of applications abandoned and allowed each month for the past several years. These include utility, plant, and reissue applications – although the results are overwhelmed by the utility applications.  As you can see, the number of allowances has gone up and the number of abandonments has gone down. [Update: I smoothed the data with a six-month moving average rather than simply reporting month-to-month.]