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Table 25: Cases in Litigation

TABLE 25: CASES IN LITIGATION
(Selected Courts of the United States, as of September 30, 2010)
Court Patents Trademarks OED Total
United States District Courts        
Civil actions pending as of 9/30/09, total 1002 1 3 1042
Filed during FY 2010 109 1 1 111
Disposals, total 96 2 2 100
Reversed - - - -
Remanded 68 - - 68
Dismissed 23 2 1 26
SJ Granted -USPTO 3 - 1 4
SJ Granted - Opposing Party 2 - - 2
Transfer - - - -
Civil actions pending as of 9/30/10, total 113 0 2 115

United States Courts of Appeals1
       
Ex parte cases        
Cases pending as of 9/30/09 293 7 2 383
Cases filed during FY 2010 68 5 6 79
Disposals, total 48 9 5 62
USPTO Affirmed 24 4 - 28
District Court Affirmed 3 - - 3
Reversed - - - -
Remanded 8 2 1 11
Dismissed 13 3 2 18
Vacated - - - -
Transfer - - 2 2
Mandamus Denied - - - -
Mandamus Granted - - - -
Total ex parte cases pending as of 9/30/10 49 3 3 55
Inter partes cases        
Cases pending as of 9/30/09 8 113 - 193
Cases filed during FY 2010 5 16 - 21
Disposals, total 9 17 - 26
Affirmed 3 5 - 8
Reversed 1 - - 1
Remanded - 2 - 2
Dismissed 3 27 - 30
Transferred - 1 - 1
Total inter partes cases pending as of 9/30/10 4 10 - 14
Total United States Courts of Appeals cases pending as of 9/30/10 53 13 - 69

Supreme Court
       
Ex parte cases        
Cases pending as of 9/30/09 2 1 - 3
Cases filed during FY 2010 5 1 - 6
Disposals, total 5 1 - 6
Cases pending as of 9/30/10, total 2 1 - 3
Notices of Suit filed in FY 2010 1,878 2,195 - 4,073

Notes:

- Represents zero.

1: Includes Federal Circuit and others. (back to text)

2: Increase to reflect cases served in FY 2010, but filed in FY 2009. (back to text)

3: Decrease to reflect case disposed in FY 2009, but not reported. (back to text)

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