The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has out its 2005 annual report, and it was another record year for patent filings, as this graph shows.
What got my attention, beyond the mere fact of how the pace of patent filings has re-escalated in recent years, was the sheer number of patents being filed for that a 406,300 number in 2005 represents:
- 1,846 filings/day
- 231 filings/hour
- 3.8 filings/minute
I have visions of patent clerks in windowless rooms, shades of the movie Brazil, where Jonathan Pryce’s Sam Lowry is in an office fighting with a pneumatic tube that keeps trying to send him more and more messages, until, after he plugs it in frustration, it finally explodes.