Patent Grants 2016 Update

2016 is back-on-track in terms of patent grants.

In February I reported USPTO patent grant numbers were trending lower than the record levels set in 2014 and 2015.  However, the PTO has picked-up-the-pace and is now set to match its 2014 record of 300,000+ utility patents issued during the calendar year. During this time the number of patent examiners on staff has actually fallen from a high of over 8400 in 2015 to now around 8100.



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