The USPTO granted a record of 333,530 patents in 2019, this represents a 15% increase with respect to 2018.
As with the previous 27 years, IBM has continued to hold on to the top spot for patents granted, with 9,262 in total for the year, whereas Samsung Electronics at 6,469 is second.
In terms of technology trends, medical and biotechnology are the fastest growing technical fields, with hybrid plant creation topping the list of trending technology, followed by CRISPR gene-editing technology, and then medicinal preparations (led by cancer therapies).
Other technical fields with substantial growth are Mobility, such as dashboards and other car-related inventions, quantum computing and 3-D printing.
US companies account for 49% of U.S. patents granted in 2019 up from 46 percent a year before. Japan accounts for 16% to be the second-largest, third place for South Korea at 7% (Samsung carrying a big part of that), and China (thanks to Huawei) passing Germany to be at number four with 5%.
The top 20 companies in terms of U.S. granted patents in 2019 are the following:
1) International Business Machines: 9262
2) Samsung Electronics: 6469
3) Canon: 3548…Read More
by Marta Garcia
In September 2018, Maximiliano Santa Cruz, the former Director of the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI), and the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Geneva to start a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot program between the two countries.
The PPH pilot program, which was launched on November 1, 2018, will last for three years and may be extended upon agreement between the parties.
Under the PPH program, participating patent offices agree that when an applicant receives a final decision from a first patent office concluding that at least one claim is allowed, the applicant may request expedited examination for the corresponding claim(s) in a corresponding patent application that is pending in a second patent office.
The PPH agreement between the INAPI and the USPTO includes the PPH-Mottainai and PCT-PPH modalities. The PPH-Mottainai modality eliminates the Office of First Filing (OFF) to Office of Second Filing (OSF) directional requirement of the PPH model. This flexible approach enables the examination results by the INAPI or the USPTO to be used as the basis for a PPH request irrespective of which one was the office of first …Read More