Tech Center 3600 — Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security and License and Review

Groups in Tech Center 3600

3610 Surface Transportation 80%
3620 Business Methods - Incentive Programs, Coupons; Operations Research; Electronic Shopping; Health Care; Point of Sale, Inventory, Accounting; Cost/Price, Reservations, Shipping and Transportation; Business Processing 22%
3630 Static Structures, Supports and Furniture 65%
3640 Aeronautics, Agriculture, Fishing, Trapping, Vermin Destroying, Plant and Animal Husbandry, Weaponry, Nuclear Systems, and License and Review 69%
3650 Material and Article Handling 75%
3660 Computerized Vehicle Controls and Navigation, Radio Wave, Optical and Acoustic Wave Communication, Robotics, and Nuclear Systems 78%
3670 Wells, Earth Boring/Moving/Working, Excavating, Mining, Harvesters, Bridges, Roads, Petroleum, Closures, Connections, and Hardware 68%
3680 Business Methods - Incentive Programs, Coupons; Electronic Shopping; Business Cryptography, Voting; Health Care; Point of Sale, Inventory, Accounting; Business Processing, Electronic Negotiation 24%
3690 Business Methods - Finance/Banking/ Insurance 33%

Histogram of Examiner Grant Rates

Below is a weighted histogram (by number of cases) of the 3-year grant rates of the examiners in TC 3600. The average is 62% and the standard deviation is 25%.


Comparison with USPTO

TC 3600's grant rate is lower than that of the USPTO.


Grant Rate Timeline

Below is the grant rate timeline for TC 3600, where the timeline is relative to the date of the first office action. The three-year grant rate is the percentage of applications granted at three years after the first office action.


Tech Center 3600 Appeals Statistics

Appeal Outcomes — Should I Appeal?

Of the 20982 appeals for TC 3600, 12305 have outcomes for comparison. We excluded 2609 appeals that ended with an RCE or abandonment and 6068 appeals that are still pending.

Of the 12305 appeals with outcomes:

  • 38% had good outcomes (4671 appeals) where the examiner was reversed or affirmed in part or the examiner otherwise allowed claims
  • 32% had neutral outcomes (3897 appeals) where prosecution was reopened
  • 30% had bad outcomes (3737 appeals) where the examiner was affirmed

TC 3600 Appeal Outcomes


PTAB Decisions — Should I let the Board Decide?

Of the 20982 appeals for TC 3600, 6083 included decisions by the PTAB:

  • 28% reversed the examiner (1718 decisions)
  • 10% affirmed the examiner in part (628 decisions)
  • 61% affirmed the examiner (3737 decisions)

TC 3600 PTAB Decisions


Pre-Appeal Conference Decisions — Should I request a PAC?

Of the 20982 appeals for TC 3600, 6526 included pre-appeal conference decisions:

  • 8% withdrew rejections (540 decisions)
  • 23% reopened prosecution (1500 decisions)
  • 69% proceeded to appeal (4486 decisions)

TC 3600 PAC Decisions


Disclaimer: We do not provide any guarantees as to the accuracy of the statistics presented above and under
no circumstances will we be liable for any outcome resulting from your reliance on the above statistics.