Analyzing 112 Rejections By Technology Center
This month we are again taking a look at the number of 112 rejections compared to the total number of Office actions received, this time analyzed by technology center. We wondered if there would be a consistent percentage of 112 rejections in each technology center? What we found was significant variation.
We studied 179,474 Office actions received between January and July 2021 by technology center. The next thing we studied were the 112 rejections. Of the total Office actions, 66,855, or 37%, contain a 112 rejection. Our next step was to break down those rejections by technology center, to see what percentage of the Office actions in each center received a 112 rejection. Our supposition was that If all sectors were equal in the prevalence of 112 rejections, we might find that 37% of the Office actions in each sector have received a 112 rejection. However, it turns out that certain sectors have a greater 112 rejection problem. We found that in four technology centers the percentage of 112 rejections was above average. This included biotechnology and organic, the highest at 52%, followed by mechanical at 48%. Chemical is next at 43%, with e-commerce/ transportation/ construction/ agriculture following at 40%. On the other end of the spectrum, where the percentage of 112 rejections by technology center was below average we found semiconductors/electrical at 29%, computer software at 25%, communications at 20% and computer networks at 19%.