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Patent Bubble

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Patent Bubble
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 14:15:37 +0100

The research firm reports that 2010 was a record year for patents. In
all, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 219,614 patents – which
is 31% more patents than were issued in 2009. 

“The tremendous increase in patent issues in 2010 suggests that so far
the economy doesn’t appear to have slowed patent flow significantly in
the U.S.,” said Darlene Slaughter, general manager of IFI, in a
statement. “Another important factor is the stepped up effort of the
USPTO to improve turnaround times and its five-year strategic plan to
increase efficiencies and reduce pendency. The bottom line: There is
still a backlog of patents pending, but the number of grants continues
to grow even after a period of economic downturn.” 

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