Posted Thursday, December 17, 2009 by Jim Ruttler
The year 2009 marks the first year since 1996 that the USPTO has seen a decline in U.S patent applications. One reason for this may be the recession coupled with rising patent application and patent enforcement. The decrease in filings has had a direct effect on the Patent Office because of its reliance on patent fees to support operations, thereby making it even more difficult to address the growing backlog of applications. However, change appears to be on the way with patent reform bills being considered by Congress and the President’s announcement that $100 million dollars will be committed to research and development in an effort to accelerate the patent review process for “green” technologies. More information can be found at the following link.