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The Road to Ten Million U.S. Patents and China’s Growing Influence


The Road to Ten Million U.S. Patents and China’s Growing Influence

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office is rapidly approaching a significant milestone in its productive history of granting patents. Having issued the first patents back in 1790, the USPTO has, by virtue of its unique regulatory authority, been awarding patents to applicants at an increasingly furious pace and is rapidly approaching a tremendous milestone—the […]

5 Tips in Preparing for an Examiner Interview

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Only a few thousand patent examiners are responsible for issuing actions on hundreds of thousands of patent applications that are filed every year with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Although written correspondence between a patent applicant, or a representative, and an examiner may clear up issues such as misunderstandings in drafted claims, no form […]

The Modern Patent Office

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This is part five of our series on the history of the USPTO. Follow the links after the post to read the other parts of our series. Over the most recent few decades, the USPTO has continued to grow and evolve in process, people and technology.  During the period between FY 2005 and FY 2011, […]

The Rise of the Patent Troll

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This is part four of our series on the history of the USPTO. Follow the links after the post to read the other parts of our series. “Patent troll” has come to be known as a term for the purchaser of a patent (often from a bankrupt firm), who sues another company claiming that one of […]

Key Events in Patent History

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This is part three of our series on the history of the USPTO. Follow the links after the post to read the other parts of our series. To date, the U.S. patent program has generated over 9 million patents. It’s actually quite interesting to study the progression of patent volumes between 1790 and today. What […]

“Controversial” Patents in PTO History

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This is part two of our series on the history of the USPTO. Follow the links after the post to read the other parts of our series. What fun is it to write about the history of patents without calling attention to some of the more “eccentric” examples of patents granted over time, often those […]