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Patent Statistics

  1. Introduction
  2. What are U.S. patent statistics?
  3. How are these statistics useful?
  4. Pre-existing Patent Reports
  5. Make your own report
  6. Patent applications
  7. What patent statistics do not show you
  8. Further assistance

Pre-existing patent reports

Patent reports or PTMD reports are divided into several different categories. Some particularly useful categories are geographic origin, patent technology, and patenting organization.

Some facts about the PTMD reports:

To find PTMD patent statistic reports:

  1. From the USPTO homepage, click on the Products & Services link.
  2. Screenshot of the USPTO homepage, highlighting the Products & Services link.

  3. Scroll all the way down to the bottom and click on the patent statistical reports link.
  4. Screenshot showing the link to the USPTO patent statistical reports.

Types of Reports

Screenshot of Patent Statistic Reports list.

Reports are broken down by such categories as:

In addition, there are reports looking at patenting trends that are considered important by the government.

Some of the most interesting reports are the "drill-down" reports which combine these categories. Choose one of the categories and scroll down the page to find some of these "drill-down" reports.

Drill-Down Reports

Screenshot showing drill-down reports.

Drill-down reports combine categories such as patenting organization and geographic region, allowing you to see, for example, how many patents were issued for IBM in the state of Vermont.

While these reports can provide unique information, it may not be exactly what you are looking for. To find specific information that cannot be found in the PTMD reports, let's see how you can make your own report.


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