Technology Center 3700 is somewhat of a catch-all technology center since it handles applications covering a wide range of technologies, including amusement devices, surgical supplies, shoes, refrigeration, and hand tools. Thus, TC 3700, along with its sister tech center TC 3600, are where the USPTO sends many applications when they don’t fit very neatly anywhere else. Perhaps as a function of its diversity, TC 3700’s average allowance rate matches the USPTO’s overall allowance rate of 72%. It is also the second-busiest tech center by the number of applications filed, after TC 2800. In the graphs below, we’ll take a close look at several prosecution trends that have occurred in TC 3700 during the five-year period between 2013 and 2017. Please note that all metrics herein are based on published applications only and do not account for all applications filed after the USPTO's 18-month publication delay period (in this case, January 2016). For more information, hover over each of the graphs, or get started with Juristat.
A technology center's allowance rate is the percentage of applications that receive Notices of Allowance out of all disposed applications. TC 3700’s overall allowance rate is 72%, which is nearly equal to the USPTO’s average allowance rate.