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

 

4th Qtr FY14

Full Year FY14

(% +/- FY13)

1st Qtr FY15

Appeals

 

732

2,794

(+4%)

748

Extensions of time to oppose

4,442

17,285

(+2%)

4,068

Oppositions

 

1,358

5,509

(+4.4%)

1,327

Cancellations

402

1,722

(+13.8%)

432

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases)

4th Qtr FY14     

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15                     

Maturing to RFD

(Ready for Decision)

(appeals/trials)

150

 

(128/22)

583

(+5.2%)

(456/127)

154

 

(117/37)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

180

 

(139/41)

537

(-20.6%)

(405/132)

114

 

(93/21)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing

9.9 weeks

9.3 weeks*

 

8.1 weeks

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing

10.5 weeks

9.1 weeks*

7.9 weeks

Awaiting Decision at end of Period

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

105

 

(81/24)

105

(+19.3%)

(81/24)

135

 

(97/38)

* 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

4th Qtr FY14      

Full Year FY14

(% +/- FY13)

1st Qtr FY15      

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*

45.2 weeks

43.8 weeks#

(-12%)

45 weeks

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*

37 weeks

36 weeks#

(-18.2%)

35 weeks

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

170.6^weeks

165.2 weeks^

(-12.8%)

159.4 weeks

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*

144.5^weeks

142 weeks^

(-13.9%)

145 weeks

ACR Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

 

# ACR Cases Decided:

146.8 weeks

 

10 cases

136.3 Weeks

(Median: 123 weeks)

21 cases

68 weeks

 

1 case

* 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

4th Qtr  FY14

Full Year FY14

(% +/- FY13)

1st Qtr FY15  

No. Decisions Issued*

 

277

974

(+17.5%)

199

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions*

372

1358

(+16.4%)

294

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance

9.1 weeks

9 weeks

(-32.3 %)

8.5 weeks

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period

135

135

(+5 cases)

150

* 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.