What A Maturing Patent Bar Means For The Industry

Law360 (July 9, 2019, 1:48 PM EDT) -- A seismic shift is occurring in the demographics of the U.S. patent bar that will have a lasting impact on the broader patent ecosystem. Specifically, the average patent practitioner is aging, which, in combination with other market forces, is already precipitating a number of fundamental changes in how patent practices must operate to remain profitable.

Below, I present a histogram of the number of currently active practitioners binned based on their earliest year of registration at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. For example, if a given practitioner registered first as a patent agent and then again a few years...

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