USPTO REPORTS RECORD AMOUNT OF PATENT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED IN FY '05: In 2005, the USPTO received the most patent and trademark applications it has every received in one year, according to the agency’s Performance and Accountability Report released last week.
Last year the agency received 406,302 patent applications and 323,501 applications for trademark registration, according to the 156-page report.
The USPTO granted 165,485 patents, including 151,079 utility (inventions), 13,395 design, and 816 plant patents. Since 1790, more than seven million U.S. patents have been granted.
U.S. resident inventors received 85,238 U.S. patents in FY 2005.
California resident inventors received the highest share (23 percent, 19,928 patents), followed by New York (7 percent, 5,631 patents), Texas (7 percent, 5,660 patents), Michigan (5 percent, 3,907 patents), and Massachusetts (4 percent, 3,443 patents).