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Archived updates for Friday, December 21, 2007

U.S. Patent Application Size Increasing

Professor Crouch looked at a sample of 10,000 patents issued between January 1977 and December 2007 and counted the number of words in the description of the claimed invention. Based upon his graph, it looks like the length of the U.S. patent application is increasing at a rate of about 200 words per year since 1990.
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