Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

 
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Thursday
Feb172011

USPTO Dashboard Shows Full Speed Ahead

The United States Patent and Trademark Office published a patent dashboard webpage(http://www.uspto.gov/dashboards/patents/main.dashxml) to illustrate the current and past pendency, backlog, and other patent statistics.  The data is displayed in graphs.

As of February, 2011, the news is good for patent applicants.  The time until the first action is dropping, as is the total time of pendency.  Most importantly, the average number of office actions per case is decreasing.

The point is that it is a great time to apply for a patent application.  Quicker first actions mean quicker allowances.  Fewer office actions mean lower legal fees.

I attribute these improvements to the efforts of Director David Kappos.  I notice a more cooperative attitude in the examiners that I contribute to the director.