The Association of Government Accountants (formerly the “Federal Government Accountants Association”) has awarded the US Patent and Trademark Office its “Fiscal Year 2007 Performance and Accountability Report Award” (which looks oddly similar to the USPTO’s own “red ribbon” patent grant)–one of 17 federal agencies to get this award that year.
Not only does the USPTO prepare “a well structured, logically organized and easy-to-navigate report”–it’s very “productive” too. As it boasts on its website,
Highlights of USPTO accomplishments for the past year include … Increased patent production by an additional 14 percent over 2007 by examining 448,003 applications–the highest number in our history. Production has increased by 38.6 percent over the past four years, compared to a 21.3 percent increase in application filings during the same period.
It’s sobering to think how much worse off the US would be in this recession without all this productivity.
For some more interesting patent statistics, see the World Patent Report: A Statistical Review (2008)–for example, as of about 2006, there were about two million patent applications filed per years worldwide; about 750,000 patents issued (granted) every year; and about 6.1 million patents in force around the world.