By Jason Rantanen
We’re now halfway through financial year 2016, and so far patent application and grant numbers are looking similar to the past few years. The below graph shows the number of UPR patent applications filed over the past several fiscal years (which run from October 1 to September 30), along with a simple projection of the applications for FY 2016. The vast majority of these are utility patent applications.
On a month-over-month basis, this fiscal year is following the same trajectory as 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Patent grants also look similar to the past few fiscal years. If current trends continue, we may see a slight increase over FY 2015. (Note that the numbers in the below chart are for the fiscal year; Dennis’s post from the other day is on a calendar year basis.)