Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Some Interesting Patent Statistics from 2012 via StrutPatent

StrutPatent has some really great patent statistics. Let's take a look at some of the more interesting numbers from 2012:
  • The top 10 companies receiving patents were all tech companies, and they received a total of 27,930 patents, or almost exactly 10% of all patents granted. 
  • The individual with most patents granted in 2012 is Kia Silverbrook. He received 220 patents. Thinking this through, assuming he takes no vacations, that is about 4.25 patents per week. Forgive me for saying so, but the idea that any one human could be that productive is truly an absurdity. It is just poppycock. 
  • The top 10 inventors of 2012 received a total of 1481 patents, an average of 2.85 patents per inventor per week. Which, again, is total insanity. 
  • Total patents granted in 1990 numbered 99,275, up to 244,513 in 2010, for a CAGR of 4.61%. 
  • There were 542,815 patent applications in 2012. Given that patent applications take several years, it is not easy to calculate what percentage of patents are granted, but it looks to be approximately the 50% range, and possibly higher, because many patent applications that were not granted are probably still pending in office actions, and may be granted in later years.
More patent statistics coming soon - we will get into just what percentage of patents actually do cover the pharmaceutical industry. Spoiler: a lot less than you may think.

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