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Table 15: Summary of Trademark Examining Activities

TABLE 15: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2002 - FY 2006)
ITEM 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Applications for Registration:
Applications including Additional Classes
  258,873   267,218   298,489   323,501   354,775
Applications Filed
  207,287   218,596   244,848   258,527   275,790
Disposal of Trademark Applications:
Registrations including Additional Classes
  164,457   185,182   155,991   143,396   188,899
Abandonments including Additional Classes
  120,102   119,858   109,931   108,879   126,884
Trademark First Actions including Additional Classes
  253,187   276,568   268,865   317,757   405,998
Applications Approved for Publication including Additional Classes
  217,487   168,235   186,271   211,624   288,042


Certificates of Registration Issued: Read Footnote 1 1

1946 Act Principal Register
   81,096    83,022    65,797    63,088    95,188
Principal Register
         
ITU-Statements of Use Registered
   45,064    54,046    49,479    43,930    45,720
1946 Act Supplemental Register
    7,065     6,356     4,780     5,477     6,210
Total Certificates of Registration
  133,225   143,424   120,056   112,495   147,118


Renewal of Registration: Read Footnote 2 2

Section 9 Applications Filed
   34,325    35,210    32,352    39,354    36,939
Section 8 Applications Filed Read Footnote 3 3
   34,271    34,189    32,389    39,659    36,952
Registrations Renewed
   29,957    34,370    34,735    32,279    37,305
Affidavits, Sec. 8/15:
         
Affidavits Filed
   39,484    43,151    41,157    47,752    48,444
Affidavits Disposed
   35,375    39,603    40,765    41,466    45,676
Affidavits for Benefits:
         
Under Sec. 12(c)
        -         1         9         1         -
Published Under Sec. 12(c)
       26         5         4         3         1
Amendments to Allege Use Filed
    8,261     8,458     9,414     9,497    10,007
Statements of Use Filed
   53,974    67,222    57,731    54,182    67,543
Notice of Allowance Issued
  158,868   139,332   108,684   108,268   164,752

Total Active Certificates of Registration
1,116,200 1,184,888 1,216,691 1,255,570 1,322,155

Pendency - Average Months:
         
Between Filing and Examiner's First Action
      4.3       5.4       6.6       6.3       4.8
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - including suspended and inter partes proceedings
     19.9      19.8      19.5      19.6      18.0
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - excluding suspended and inter partes proceedings
     18.3      16.2      16.2      17.2      15.5


Notes:

1: With the exception of Certificates of Registration, Renewal of Registration, Affidavits filed under Section 8/15 and 12(c), the workload count includes extra classes.

“Applications filed” refers simply to the number of individual trademark applications received by the USPTO. There are, however, 47 different classes of items in which a trademark may be registered. An application must request registration in at least one class, but may request registration in multiple classes. Each class application must be individually researched for registerability. “Applications filed, including additional classes” reflects this fact, and therefore more accurately reflects the Trademark business workload. With the exception of Certificates of Registration, Renewal of Registration, Affidavits filed under Section 8/15 and 12(c), the workload count includes extra classes. (back to text)

2: Renewal of registration is required beginning 10 years following registration concurrent with 20 - year renewals coming due. (back to text)

3: Section 8 Affidavit is required for filing a renewal beginning October 30, 1999 (FY 2000) with the implementation of the Trademark Law Treaty. (back to text)

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