2017 US Utility Patent Tote Board
This is a questionnaire to permit filers to get listed and ranked in the Third Annual US Utility Patent Top Filers. This listing and ranking will get published by me (Carl Oppedahl) in the Ant-Like Persistence blog.

The closing date for submissions will be Thursday, March 8, 2018. Please count only US utility patents for which your firm name is listed on the front page of the granted US utility patent. The patents to be counted will have issued as early as January of 2017 or as late as December of 2017.

It will be helpful if you can coordinate with others at your firm to send in just one questionnaire. But it is not a big problem if two different people at a firm send in questionnaires. I will be able to sort the results and cull out duplicate responses.

The questionnaire asks for your email address. This email address will not get published -- I just ask for it in case I might need it to ask you a followup question. I won't disclose any of the email addresses outside of the firm.

Here is a sample of a type of search that you might want to try in the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database as part of working out how many utility filings you have:

apt/1 and (lrep/oppedahl or lrep/oppendahl) and isd/2017

In this case I listed our firm name spelled correctly and also spelled in a way that USPTO has incorrectly spelled on some granted patents. Please paste your search string in as indicated, which will permit me to double-check the numbers if needed.

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