The 2012 Box Scores
The five top intellectual property offices — European Patent Office (EPO), Japanese Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) — released their latest round of patent statistics, IP5 Statistics Report 2012 Edition. This is the second annual statistics report to cover the activities of all five IP5 Offices, now also including SIPO. When you hit the page there are two ways to look at the report — by chapter and section (a little awkward to use) or the full report (only 2.16MB, big but not that big.)
Here are the top five statistics from the top five patent offices.
There was no explanation on the meaning of the SIPO statistics that show up as whole numbers when the other office statistics appear as percentages. We're guessing it's the count.
|pending applications in examination||EPO||355,803||363,521|
|pendency first office action in months||EPO||7.7||9.1|
|pendency examination in months||EPO||36.7||36.2|