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Table 26: Cases in Litigation

TABLE 26: CASES IN LITIGATION
(Selected Courts of the United States, as of September 30, 2011)
  Patents Trademarks OED Total
United States District Courts        
Civil actions pending as of 9/30/10, total 113 - 2 115
Filed during FY 2011 37 2 1 40
Disposals, total 36 1 1 38
Reversed - - - -
Remanded 3 1 - 4
Dismissed 28 - 1 29
Summary Judgement (SJ) Granted - USPTO 4 - - 4
SJ Granted - Opposing Party - - - -
Transfer 1 - - 1
Civil actions pending as of 9/30/11, total 114 1 2 117

United States Courts of Appeals1
       
Ex parte cases        
Cases pending as of 9/30/10 49 3 3 55
Cases filed during FY 2011 103 7 1 111
Disposals, total 59 4 4 67
USPTO Affirmed 28 2 1 31
District Court Affirmed - - - -
Reversed 3 - - 3
Remanded 13 1 - 14
Dismissed 15 1 1 17
Vacated - - - -
Transfer - - 2 2
Mandamus Denied - - - -
Mandamus Granted - - - -
Total ex parte cases pending as of 9/30/11 93 6 - 99
Inter partes cases        
Cases pending as of 9/30/10 4 10 - 14
Cases filed during FY 2011 8 20 - 28
Disposals, total 4 18 - 22
Affirmed 2 5 - 7
Reversed - - - -
Remanded 1 1 - 2
Dismissed 1 12 - 13
Transferred - - - -
Total inter partes cases pending as of 9/30/11 8 12 - 20
Total United States Courts of Appeals cases pending as of 9/30/11 101 18 - 119

Supreme Court
       
Ex parte cases        
Cases pending as of 9/30/10 3 - - 3
Cases filed during FY 2011 2 - - 2
Disposals, total 4 - - 4
Cases pending as of 9/30/11, total 1 - - 1
Notices of Suit filed in FY 2011 2,314 2,369 - 4,683

Notes:

- Represents zero.

1: Includes Federal Circuit and Other Appellate Courts. (back to text)

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