Table 6-8
USPTO patents granted, by selected technology area: Selected years, 2000–10
 
Technology area 2000   2003   2005   2007   2009   2010 Average annual change: 2000–10 (%)
 
All technologies 157,489   169,020   143,805   157,282   167,350   219,642 3.4
Networking 1,785   2,626   3,321   4,859   6,921   9,861 18.6
Information processing 6,539   7,533   8,141   11,672   15,075   22,038 12.9
Automation and control 1,591   1,843   1,856   2,773   3,225   3,951 9.5
Telecommunications 6,526   7,385   7,125   10,264   11,138   14,727 8.5
Medical electronics 2,066   2,575   2,026   2,439   2,565   3,489 5.4
Semiconductors 10,856   13,108   11,036   11,440   11,974   16,665 4.4
Optics 4,550   6,417   6,696   6,597   6,683   6,875 4.2
Measurement techniques and instrumentation 7,391   9,219   8,406   9,478   9,790   10,918 4.0
Biotechnology 5,606   5,379   4,117   5,940   5,826   8,206 3.9
Computer systems 8,848   9,789   9,711   10,506   11,680   12,654 3.6
Aerospace and defense 1,702   2,110   1,781   1,434   1,679   2,098 2.1
Medical equipment 6,929   7,412   4,913   4,582   4,691   7,424 0.7
Pharmaceuticals 5,388   5,590   3,911   3,835   4,275   5,471 0.2
Materials 5,580   5,793   4,006   3,658   3,582   5,193 –0.7
 

USPTO = U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

NOTE: Technologies classified by The Patent Board™.

SOURCE: The Patent Board™, Proprietary Patent database, special tabulations (2011). See appendix tables 6-48–6-61.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012