TTAB Incoming Filings and Performance Measures for Decisions

FISCAL YEAR 2015

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

 

Type of Filing

 

 

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15

2nd Qtr FY15

Appeals

 

 

2,794

(+4%)

748

711

Extensions of time to oppose

 

17,285

(+2%)

4,068

3,956

Oppositions

 

 

5,509

(+4.4%)

1,327

1,230

Cancellations

 

1,722

(+13.8%)

432

427

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases)

 

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15

2nd Qtr FY15                     

Maturing to RFD

(Ready for Decision)

(appeals/trials)

 

583

(+5.2%)

(456/127)

154

 

(117/37)

147

 

(110/37)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 

537

(-20.6%)

(405/132)

114

 

(93/21)

120

 

(90/30)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing*

 

9.3 weeks#

8.1 weeks

 

9.3 weeks

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing*

 

9.1 weeks#

7.9 weeks

13 weeks

Awaiting Decision at end of Period

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 

105

(+19.3%)

(81/24)

136

 

(98/38)

158

 

(113/45)

* Pendency figures exclude decisions issued as a precedent.

# Decreases in full-year pendency measures in FY14 are certain, though were not calculable because separate appeal and trial measures were not reported for FY13.

 

 

Commencement to completion processing times

 

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15

2nd Qtr FY15      

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*

 

43.8 weeks#

(-12%)

45 weeks

43.2 weeks

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*

 

36 weeks#

(-18.2%)

35 weeks

37 weeks

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

 

165.2 weeks^

(-12.8%)

159.4 weeks

148.2 weeks

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*

 

142 weeks^

(-13.9%)

145 weeks

133 weeks

ACR Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

 

# ACR Cases Decided:

 

136.3 Weeks

(Median: 123 weeks)

21 cases

68 weeks

 

 1 case

60 weeks

 

2 cases

* Pendency figures exclude decisions issued as a precedent, except for median pendency for all FY14 ACR cases.

# FY14 Full Year – Two anomalous companion appeals with lengthy remand histories excluded.

^ Q4 and Full Year – Two trial cases with lengthy suspensions for civil actions excluded.

 

Contested Motions

 

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15  

2nd Qtr FY15  

No. Decisions Issued*

 

 

974

(+17.5%)

199

258

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions*

 

1358

(+16.4%)

294

365

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance

 

9 weeks

(-32.3 %)

8.5 weeks

10.3

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period

 

135

(+5 cases)

150

151

* Quarterly tallies of Decisions Issued or Motions Resolved are subject to revision as records are updated and finalized during the year; and they may vary slightly from previously reported tallies.