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Table 15: Summary of Trademark Examining Activities

TABLE 15: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2006 - FY 2010)
Item 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Applications for Registration:
Applications including Additional Classes 354,775 394,368 401,392 352,051 368,939
Applications Filed 275,790 298,796 302,253 266,939 280,649
Disposal of Trademark Applications:
Registrations including Additional Classes 188,899 194,327 274,250 241,637 221,090
Abandonments including Additional Classes 126,884 129,200 156,093 189,687 151,027
Trademark First Actions including Additional Classes 405,998 455,802 415,896 372,830 367,027
Applications Approved for Publication including Additional Classes 288,042 344,617 345,067 320,246 307,001
Certificates of Registration Issued:1
1946 Act Principal Register 95,188 98,564 120,173 102,607 93,238
Principal Register          
ITU-Statements of Use Registered 45,720 44,108 81,387 69,920 64,086
1946 Act Supplemental Register 6,210 7,392 8,344 7,993 7,006
Total Certificates of Registration 147,118 150,064 209,904 180,520 164,330
Renewal of Registration:2
Section 9 Applications Filed 36,939 40,786 42,388 43,953 48,214
Section 8 Applications Filed3 36,952 40,798 42,395 43,868 48,275
Registrations Renewed 37,305 47,336 42,159 42,282 46,734
Affidavits, Sec. 8/15:          
Affidavits Filed 48,444 49,241 68,470 65,322 61,499
Affidavits Disposed 45,676 55,888 65,222 63,483 58,510
Amendments to Allege Use Filed 10,007 9,646 9,140 8,633 7,629
Statements of Use Filed 67,543 76,866 96,415 90,493 80,927
Notice of Allowance Issued 164,752 172,422 220,333 181,702 169,085
Total Active Certificates of Registration 1,322,155 1,380,150 1,497,131 1,547,168 1,614,121

Pendency - Average Months:
         
Between Filing and Examiner's First Action 4.8 2.9 3.0 2.7 3.0
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - including suspended and inter partes proceedings 18.0 15.1 13.9 13.5 13.0
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - excluding suspended and inter partes proceedings 15.5 13.4 11.8 11.2 10.5

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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