The Unique Nature Of COVID-Era Patent Procurement Trends

By Michael Sartori and Sarah Hassan (June 23, 2022, 5:14 PM EDT) -- In addition to taking a pronounced human and economic toll, the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected patent procurement at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

This article examines changes in the filing of new U.S. patent applications and the abandonment of pending U.S. patent applications during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, trends from this current crisis are compared to those from the two most recent crises, the dot-com bubble recession of 2000 to 2001 and the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.

In addition, the impact of these crises on the technology centers at the USPTO is explored. Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic is...

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