A couple of days in the past I posted a chart displaying the variety of patents granted per yr. That chart had a significant error. I had inadvertently included information from all issued patents (utility + design + plant + reissue) for the pre-2020 bars, however the 2020 forecast solely included utility patents. This made the present yr forecast seem small as compared. Sorry for quickly main of us astray.
Please discover a corrected chart under (with 1-additional week of knowledge). The chart nonetheless exhibits a forecast of 2020 ending behind 2019 by way of sheer numbers, however solely barely. After my put up, of us on the PTO additionally informed me that examiners have been working full steam by the COVID pandemic.