Technology Center 2100 handles computer architecture and software, with art unit groups focused on computer reliability and control systems, memory access, computer architecture, databases and file management, software development, artificial intelligence (AI), and graphical user interfaces.
Despite being home to various cutting-edge technologies critical for the modern tech economy, it receives the second-fewest applications of any utility patent technology center after TC 2400 (670,930 vs. 603,303 for all time) - and filings have been declining since 2013. It also receives far fewer Alice rejections than other software-heavy technology centers such as TC 3600 (41,476 vs. 89,642 for all time).
With an overall allowance rate of 76% — nearly matching the USPTO average — TC 2100 is an ideal technology center for software applicants hoping to avoid the rigors of TC 3600.
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