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Table 14: Summary of Contested Patent Cases

TABLE 14: SUMMARY OF CONTESTED PATENT CASES
(Within the Patent and Trademark Office, as of September 30, 2003)
ITEM
TOTAL
Ex parte cases
Appeals  1
    Cases Pending as of 9/30/03
3,090
    Cases Filed During FY 2003
2,721

    Disposals During FY 2003, total
        Decided, total
3,843
            Affirmed
1,411
            Affirmed-in-Part
  413
            Reversed
1,504
            Dismissed / Withdrawn
   61
            Remanded
  454

      Cases Pending as of 9/30/03
1,968

Rehearings
      Cases Pending as of 9/30/03
 

Inter partes cases
      Cases pending as of 9/30/03
  171
      Cases declared or reinstituted during FY 2003
   95
           Inter partes cases, FY 03 total
  266

       Cases terminated during FY 2003
  159
        Cases pending as of 9/30/03
  107

Notes:

 1/ Jurisdiction of an appeal passes to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences after the examiner has written the answer and after the time for filing a reply brief to the answer has passed.  


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