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10 Millionth U.S. Patent Issues Today

Further to our previous blog post, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reported that the 10 millionth patent issued today with the new patent cover design.

The USPTO has been issuing patents at an increased rate over the years.  While it took over 121 years to issue the first one million patents, it only took about 3 years to issue the last one million patents.  Further, about four million patents have issued so far in the 21st Century.

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At this rate, we may see the 11 millionth patent issue within the next few years.

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William C. Geary, Mintz Levin, Patent and Trademark Attorney, Medical Technology Lawyer

Bill is an experienced patent and trademark attorney with a particular background in medical technology, polymers and advanced materials, and chemicals.

Bill provides counsel on all phases of patent and trademark law, through development strategy, protection, and exploitation of patent and trademark rights. His clients include start-ups, large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, medical technology manufacturers, and research institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Linda Azrin, Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Prosection, Mintz Levin Law

Linda is an experienced registered patent attorney who focuses her intellectual property practice on patent prosecution, particularly in the life sciences and medical technology industries. She brings an extensive and relevant background in chemistry to her work in patent procurement and prosecution.

Throughout her legal career, Linda has prosecuted a variety of domestic and international cases involving medical devices, consumer products, and other mechanical and chemical technologies. Additionally, Linda provides clients with patentability, invalidity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions. She also has experience with European opposition proceedings.

During law school, Linda was a research assistant for The Honorable Judge Kimberly Moore in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who was a professor at the time. Linda also gained significant practical experience while working as a chemist at DuPont NEN Medical Research Products between college and law school.