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    Future of The US Patent and Trademark Office
    Date: May 16, 2006
    "Future of The US Patent and Trademark Office" DaVinci Institute. American ingenuity today is at an all-time high. Each year we are setting new records in the number of patent filings. To give you a sense of the volume, the patent office received 356,943 patent applications in fiscal 2004. During this same period of time it granted 181,302 patents. The backlog of patent applications is over 950,000 deep, and inventors who file a patent wait an average of 27 months for their application to be processed. So where are we headed with the patent system? See
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