Patent Prosecution Statistics of Pending Applications of IBM

IBM has filed more than fourteen thousand patent applications at an impressive grant rate of 85.84% at the USPTO. At present, IBM has 11175 pending US patent applications in the last 10 years. We analyzed the pending applications by using GreyB’s FIT (File Impediment Tracker) Tool.

The FIT tool helps in-house counsels save the IP budget. It finds patent applications increasing prosecution costs due to prolonged prosecution cycle, more OAs, appeals, amendments, and RCEs, and suggests remedial actions and strategies.

Impediment Status/Prosecution Health of IBM’s Pending Applications

To determine the impediment status, we have segregated the pending applications of IBM into the below three categories:

  • SOS – Facing High difficulty at USPTO
  • At-Risk – Applications that were running smoothly but of late have started displaying high probabilities of turning into an SOS application
  • On-Track – Running smooth as butter

Below exhibit displays the impediment status of applications:

Office Actions Statistics of IBM’s Pending Applications

28.5% of pending applications haven’t received a single office action, and their examination has yet to begin. Also, IBM’s average office action rate is 1.7 office actions per patent application. Considering this, 25.7 % of pending applications of IBM have an OA rate greater than its average OA rate.

Cool Fact: For Inactive Pou Iplaw has a minimum average number of office actions – 1.39. OA per patent application.

Interview Statistics

Year-wise distribution of IBM’s Pending Patent Applications

The per-year count of pending applications has increased steadily over the last decade for IBM. The dip in 2020 is because not all the applications filed in 2020 have been published yet.IBM’s average grant time is 3 years. 48% of pending applications of IBM have been in prosecution for 3 or more than 3 years. You can find more about these 48% lot here: IBM patent applications that have been in prosecution for 3 or more years

RCE Statistics

Law Firms Prosecuting Pending Applications of IBM at the USPTO

The table below has details of law firms prosecuting the pending applications. You can check the top law firms that prosecuted most patents for IBM here: Law firms that prosecuted most patents for IBM at the USPTO

Cleaned AttorneyCount
Cantor Colburn Llp1008
Tutunjian & Bitetto Pc731
Scully Scott Murphy & Presser Pc403
Amin Turocy & Watson Llp315
Roberts Calderon Safran & Cole Pc311
Schmeiser Olsen & Watts Llp287
Proactive Patents Llc279
Griffiths & Seaton Pllc272
Zilka Kotab Pc241
Cuenot Forsythe & Kim Llc222
Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group Pllc215
Walder Intellectual Property Law Pc215
Patterson & Sheridan Llp214
Otterstedt Wallace & Kammer Llp195
Ryan Mason & Lewis Llp192
Edell Shapiro & Finnan Llc139
Duke W Yee120
Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti Pc89
Fleit Intellectual Property Law88
Keohane & D’Alessandro87
Foley Hoag Llp84
Sherman Ip Llp84
Michael J Chang Llc71
Law Office Of Jim Boice70
Lieberman & Brandsdorfer Llc65
Nelson And Nelson64
Intelletek Law Group Pllc59
Ference & Associates Llc58
Harrington & Smith Attorneys At Law Llc57
Terrile Cannatti & Chambers Llp55
Garlick & Markison52
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders Llp49
Kunzler Bean & Adamson46
David H Judson42
F Chau & Associates Llc40
Michael Best & Friedrich Llp34
Conley Rose Pc32
Lou Percello Attorney Pllc22
North Shore Patents Pc22
Jeffrey S Labaw21
Russell Ng Pllc21
International Ip Law Group20
Dept Ien19
Zip Group Pllc19
Martin & Associates Llc18
Venable Llp16
Canaanlaw Pc13
The Steadman Law Firm Pllc12
Michael R Roberts11
Law Office Of Anthony England Svl10
Lynda Wood8
Matthew J Bussan8
Law Offices Of Ira D Blecker PC7
Gregory Nordstrom5
Hoffmann & Baron Llp3
Law Office Of Ido Tuchman Yor3
Oblon Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt Llp3
Roy W Truelson3
Daniel J Swirsky2
Bierman And Muserlian1
Caesar Rivise Pc1
Dorius Law Pc1
Hoffman Warnick Llc1
Holland & Knight1
Law Office Of Anthony England End1
Lempia Summerfield Katz Llc1
Mollborn Patents Inc1
Oliff Plc1
Pou IP Law1
Rolnik Law Firm Pc1
Seed IP Law Group Llp1
Servilla Whitney Llc1
Shutts & Bowen Llp1
Sotomayor Ip Consulting Ltd1
The Caldwell Firm Llc1
The Roy Gross Law Firm Llc1
Tokyo Electron US Holdings Inc1
Van Pelt Yi & James Llp And Samsung1

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