The Rising Size and Complexity of the Patent Document
Dennis D. Crouch
University of Missouri School of Law
February 20, 2008
University of Missouri School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-04
This short concept essay introduces two separate studies showing that US patents are increasing in size and complexity. The first study looks at how the length of the patent specification has increased dramatically in the period from 1987-2007. (The results show little change from 1977-1987). The second study looks at the number of claims in each patent and shows that those are on the rise as well.
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Keywords: Patent, Prosecution, Word Count, Intellectual Propertyworking papers series
Date posted: February 20, 2008 ; Last revised: March 16, 2008
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