“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
The US Patent Office only tracks US Patents.
The Patent Office accepted Joe's new patent: "How to destroy a country in a year"
Amazon? Apparently I don't know what the word "patent" means.
Note that many of these are often minor tweaks on existing patents, if not outright duplicative. There's a certain prestige associated with having a high number of patent applications every year, and so corporate policy is often to pump up those numbers with what I would consider as frivolous applications. Patent prosecution is often the art of wordsmithing in a way that the patent claims are hard to reject, but are so ambiguous as to be hard to distinguish what they really are claiming. Many of these patents languish unused but for pumping up the numbers, being commercially worthless.
It takes time and money to get patents. A lot of companies will not invest time or money in chasing patents that may not be worth the pursuit. Perhaps the number patents attained may reflect the profitability of the company. This translates to "they are charging a lot for their goods or services".
Got my 17th two Tuesdays ago. It is for a Seat Sensing system to let the bus driver know who's sitting where and if they are wearing their seat belt. NHTSA has been asking for this for 10 years. The system is in the market place as SeatLink. Look it up. It can be retrofitted to existing passenger buses. Best part is I was let go from the company for Covid Downsizing. I guess I'm old and not a good engineer anymore.Spin Drift
My Dad was a patent draftsman. (by hand) pencil, then pen and ink. Watched him draw everything from trademarks to brake layouts for International Harvester tractors. All replaced by the computer.