10 MILLIONTH U.S. PATENT ISSUED

U.S. patent numbered 10,000,000 was issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.  Joseph Marron is the solo inventor of the “Coherent LADAR Using Intra-pixel Quadrature Detection” technology assigned to Raytheon.

Both the 1 Millionth and the 10 Millionth patent are, on a certain level, concerned with a basic need, transportation.  The 1 Millionth patent addressed shortcomings of those new-fangled pneumatic tires, which were replacing solid rubber tires, with an improved puncture resistant tire construction design.  Here, the 10 Millionth patent is directed to a laser detection and ranging method that can be used on self-driving cars which presumably are equipped with pneumatic tires!

At a time when less than 30% of all patents issued had only one inventor listed, and more than 45% have 3 or more inventors listed, the 10 Millionth patent lists just one inventor.

The increasing rate at which patents are being granted can be seen in the decreasing time between each millionth patent grant in the chart below.

Patent Issuance Progression Rate

Sam Burkholder is a member and intellectual property attorney at Capitol City TechLaw.  His practice covers a range of issues, including patent prosecution and counseling.  He can be reached at sburkholder@capcitytechlaw.com.

U.S. Patent Office Fees Increase In Mid-January 2018

Effective Tuesday January 16, 2018, many patent fees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be increased.

Fees to be hiked up include submission of an Information Disclosure Statement from $180 to $240; forwarding an appeal in an application or Ex parte reexamination from $2,000 to $2,240, and the filing, search and examination fees for a utility patent from $1,600 to $1,720, for large entities and corresponding increases for small and micro entities.

The fee for requesting an inter partes review of up to 20 claims will be hit with a whopping $6,500 increase to $15,500.  Likewise, other AIA Trial fees will face increase ranging from 7% to 50%.

The complete spreadsheet is available at the Patent Office website at 2018 PTO Fee Increases.

Sam Burkholder is a member and intellectual property attorney at Capitol City TechLaw.  His practice covers a range of issues, including patent prosecution and counseling.  He can be reached at sburkholder@capcitytechlaw.com.