Despite concerns over patent quality and with at least one rising backlog, there are positives for the USPTO to focus on, as commissioner for patents Drew Hirshfeld tells WIPR.
As China continues to dominate global patent applications, accounting for nearly the entire growth in filings from 2015 to 2016, the US’s experience represents more of a trickle than a flood.
Over the past five years, there’s been a consistent 1% annual growth in the number of utility applications filed.
This growth has tracked with the office’s modelling projections, enabling it to plan and hire the correct number of utility examiners, says Drew Hirshfeld, patent commissioner at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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