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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, 2004)
ITEM
TOTAL
Ex parte cases
Appeals Read Footnote 1 1
Cases Pending as of 9/30/04 1,968
Cases Filed During FY 2004 2,469

Disposals During FY 2004, total
Decided, total 3,452
Affirmed 1,282
Affirmed-in-Part   401
Reversed 1,290
Dismissed / Withdrawn    80
Remanded   399

Cases Pending as of 9/30/04
   985

Rehearings
Cases Pending as of 9/30/04    17

Inter partes cases
Cases pending as of 9/30/04   107
Cases declared or reinstituted during FY 2004    86
Inter partes cases, FY 2004 total   193

Cases terminated during FY 2004
  117
Cases pending as of 9/30/04     76

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. (back to text)


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