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Table 16: Summary of Trademark Examining Activities

TABLE 16: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2007 - FY 2011)
Item 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Applications for Registration:
Applications including Additional Classes 394,368 401,392 352,051 368,939 398,667
Applications Filed 298,796 302,253 266,939 280,649 301,826
Disposal of Trademark Applications:
Registrations including Additional Classes 194,327 274,250 241,637 221,090 237,586
Abandonments including Additional Classes 129,200 156,093 189,687 151,027 141,908
Trademark First Actions including Additional Classes 455,802 415,896 372,830 367,027 389,084
Applications Approved for Publication including Additional Classes 344,617 345,067 320,246 307,001 323,072
Certificates of Registration Issued:1
1946 Act Principal Register 98,564 120,173 102,607 93,238 103,233
Principal Register          
ITU-Statements of Use Registered 44,108 81,387 69,920 64,086 66,796
1946 Act Supplemental Register 7,392 8,344 7,993 7,006 7,632
Total Certificates of Registration 150,064 209,904 180,520 164,330 177,661
Renewal of Registration:2
Section 9 Applications Filed 40,786 42,388 43,953 48,214 49,000
Section 8 Applications Filed3 40,798 42,395 43,868 48,275 49,037
Registrations Renewed 47,336 42,159 42,282 46,734 44,873
Affidavits, Sec. 8/15:          
Affidavits Filed 49,241 68,470 65,322 61,499 65,771
Affidavits Disposed 55,888 65,222 63,483 58,510 58,341
Amendments to Allege Use Filed 9,646 9,140 8,633 7,629 7,647
Statements of Use Filed 76,866 96,415 90,493 80,927 86,159
Notice of Allowance Issued 172,422 220,333 181,702 169,085 166,035
Total Active Certificates of Registration 1,380,150 1,497,131 1,547,168 1,614,121 1,719,247

Pendency - Average Months:
         
Between Filing and Examiner's First Action 2.9 3.0 2.7 3.0 3.1
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOAs - including suspended and inter partes proceedings 15.1 13.9 13.5 13.0 12.6
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOAs - excluding suspended and inter partes proceedings 13.4 11.8 11.2 10.5 10.5

Notes:

- Represents zero.

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 PTO. 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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