Table 6-8
USPTO patents granted in selected technology areas: 2003, 2008, and 2012
 
Technology area 2003 2008 2012
 
Automation, control, and measurement 11,062 12,583 15,773
Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals 10,969 9,499 14,969
ICT 40,441 51,842 90,140
Computer systems 9,789 11,148 15,260
Information processing 7,533 13,268 27,880
Networking 2,626 5,806 10,986
Semiconductors 13,108 11,080 15,272
Telecommunications 7,385 10,540 20,743
Medical electronics and equipment 9,987 6,262 14,555
 

ICT = information and communications technology; USPTO = U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

NOTE: Technologies are classified by The Patent Board

SOURCE: The Patent Board special tabulations (2013) of the Proprietary Patent database. See appendix tables 6-43–6-53.

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