USPTO Issues Patent No. 9,000,000 on Windshield Washer Replacement System

By Gene Quinn
April 7, 2015

Fig. 5 from U.S. Patent No. 9,000,000.

Fig. 5 from U.S. Patent No. 9,000,000.

Earlier today the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,000,000. The invention that was awarded this historic patent is a system and method of collecting and conditioning rainwater and other moisture from a windshield of a vehicle and utilizing the collected fluid to replenish the fluids in the windshield washer reservoir. According to the invention, a collection funnel is positioned to collect rainwater and other moisture, which is then directed to a conditioning cartridge where the water is de-ionized and windshield washer fluid is added. The mixed fluid is then directed to the pre-existing windshield washer reservoir.

It has already been pointed out on Twitter that my prediction back on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, was incorrect by a wide margin. As the Patent Office was approaching Patent No. 8,000,000, I wondered when the Patent Office might get around to awarding Patent No. 9,000,000. My guess was Tuesday, May 24, 2016, which makes me off by a little more than 13 months.

My analysis was largely based on the belief that more patents per year would issue than in previous years because under the Kappos Administration a more patentee friendly environment emerged at the USPTO. Couple that with no more “second pair of eyes” review to slow things down and an ever increasing demand for patents for a variety of reasons, and I thought getting to 9,000,000 would come quicker than it took to get to 8,000,000. I was right on that point, but severely under estimated the increased demand and the increased ability of the Patent Office to respond to that demand and diligently work to get through the backlog of patent application. Of course, the backlog continues to be a problem, and the time it takes to get a final decision if an appeal is necessary is simply unacceptable. Nevertheless, as the number of applications has increased the backlog has not gone up appreciably and patents are issuing.

Undeterred by my inaccurate prediction on when the USPTO would issue Patent No. 9,000,000. I predict that the Patent Office will issue Patent No. 10,000,000 on November 28, 2017.

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So what is your guess for when U.S. Patent 10,000,000 will issue?  Predict away.

 

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PAST AND FUTURE SCENARIOS

Below is a table showing the milestone U.S. utility patents and how long it took to reach that milestone from the previous milestone.  My prediction for the the issue date on Patent No. 10,000,000 is shown in red.

 

 US Patent No. Issue Date Time to Milestone % Faster
1 July 13, 1836 NA NA
1,000,000 Aug. 8, 1911 75 yrs, 26 days NA
2,000,000 May 12, 1932 20 yrs, 10 mos, 4 days 27.8% of t to 1MM
3,000,000 May 6, 1955 22 yrs, 11 mos, 25 days 110.3% of t to 2MM
4,000,000 Dec. 28, 1976 21 yrs, 7 mos, 22 days 94.2% of t to 3MM
5,000,000 Mar. 19, 1991 14 yrs, 2 mos, 9 days 65.6% of t to 4MM
6,000,000 Dec. 7, 1999 8 yrs, 8 mos, 19 days 61.4% of t to 5MM
7,000,000 Feb. 14, 2006 6 yrs, 2 mos, 7 days 70.9% of t to 6MM
8,000,000 Aug. 16, 2011 5 yrs, 6 mos, 2 days 89.0% t to 7MM
9,000,000 Apr. 7, 2015 3 yrs, 7 mos, 22 days 67.3% t to 8MM
10,000,000* Nov. 28, 2017 2 yrs, 7 mos, 21 days 71.4% t to 9MM

 

The Author

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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Discuss this

There are currently 13 Comments comments.

  1. Luis Figarella April 8, 2015 3:15 am

    Hmmm, the only wild card I see is the change in administration that will be coming. So mark me for the 1st Quarter 2018, say March 20th.

  2. Shahar Harel April 8, 2015 6:42 am

    The current patent numbering began in 1836. Prior to then, close to 10,000 patents had been issued. See http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/issuyear.htm

  3. American Cowboy April 8, 2015 8:56 am

    Wow! this blog post has been up for almost a whole day and the loopies haven’t lamented that all 9 million were for shinola.

    Might it be that they are coming around?

  4. Benny April 8, 2015 4:25 pm

    Patent 8000000 was actually for an innovation that is potentially useful to humanity. Patent 9000000 seems to be a useless gimmick. The assignee is listed in “corporate wiki” as no longer active.

  5. American Cowboy April 8, 2015 5:42 pm

    Thanks, Benny, your reassured me that people thinking like you had not been wiped out by some otherwise unseen plague.

  6. Gene Quinn April 8, 2015 5:57 pm

    Benny-

    And “corporate wiki” is, of course, extremely authoritative!

    Just curious, would you have advised against marketing a pet rock and considered that a useless gimmick?

    -Gene

  7. Benny April 9, 2015 8:44 am

    Gene,
    I didn’t find any other references to the assignee. I think I can safely assume that that the device specified in patent 9000000 will never be marketed. I don’t think that society will be any poorer for that.
    Yes, Gene, I would have advised against marketing a pet rock. That’s why I am employed in engineering and not in marketing.

  8. Gene Quinn April 9, 2015 10:33 am

    Benny-

    So you admit that you would have nixed the pet rock and explain that is why you are in engineering and not marketing, but at the same time you seem absolutely certain that the invention that is described in Pat. No. 9,000,000 will never be marketed. Interesting. Perhaps if you are unfit to render an opinion you should not render an opinion. Just a thought.

    -Gene

  9. Anon April 9, 2015 11:50 am

    Gene,

    With all due respect, such has never stopped Benny from commenting before about things he barely understands (like patent law, for instance).

    The troubling thing though is his refusal to even attempt to learn why his views are challenged. Even mediocre engineers attempt to learn when they realize that they do not understand a field in which they find themselves.

  10. Benny April 10, 2015 3:10 am

    Gene, anon
    I read rhe spec of US9000000. From a purely engineering perspective, I judged it umpractical. I venture no opinion on the legal or marketing aspect. Contrary to anons typical denigerations, I limited my comments to what I do understand.

  11. Anon April 10, 2015 7:18 am

    I think I can safely assume that that the device specified in patent 9000000 will never be marketed.

    and

    I limited my comments to what I do understand.

    Benny, bluntly, you are delusional.

  12. American Cowboy April 10, 2015 12:15 pm

    Benny, try this on for size; If it is impractical and has no market potential, what is the harm in giving its inventor exclusivity for 20 years?

  13. Benny April 10, 2015 2:44 pm

    American cowboy,
    I didn’t imply that there is any harm in granting patents for Heath Robinson style inventions, though clearly the applicant won`t see the money investedagain