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

3rd Qtr FY15 YTD FY15      

Appeals

 

 

2,794

(+4%)

748

711

760 2,219

Extensions of time to oppose

 

17,285

(+2%)

4,068

3,956

4,282 12,306

Oppositions

 

 

5,509

(+4.4%)

1,327

1,230

1,243 3,800

Cancellations

 

1,722

(+13.8%)

432

427

429 1,288

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases)

 

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15   

2nd Qtr FY15            

  3rd Qtr FY15                  YTD FY15               

Maturing to RFD

(Ready for Decision)

(appeals/trials)

 

583

(+5.2%)

(456/127)

154

 

(117/37)

147

 

(110/37)

160

 

(128/32)

461

 

(355/106)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 

537

(-20.6%)

(405/132)

114

 

(93/21)

120

 

(90/30)

143

 

(108/35)

377

 

(291/86)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing*

 

9.3 weeks#

8.1 weeks

 

9.3 weeks 10.8 weeks 9.5 weeks

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing*

 

9.1 weeks#

7.9 weeks

13 weeks 10.3 weeks 10.5 weeks

Awaiting Decision at end of Period

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 

105

(+19.3%)

(81/24)

136

 

(98/38)

158

 

(113/45)

155

 

(119/36)

155

 

(119/36)

* 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      

3rd Qtr FY15          YTD FY15             

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*

 

43.8 weeks#

(-12%)

45 weeks

43.2 weeks

38.2 weeks 41.9 weeks

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*

 

36 weeks#

(-18.2%)

35 weeks

37 weeks

36 weeks 36 weeks

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

 

165.2 weeks^

(-12.8%)

159.4 weeks

148.2 weeks

156.2 weeks$

154.2 weeks$

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*

 

142 weeks^

(-13.9%)

145 weeks

133 weeks

150.5 weeks$

145 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

134 weeks

 

2 cases

91.2 weeks

 

5 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.

$ FY15 3rdQtr and YTD – Three trial cases with 4+ years of settlement talks excluded.

   

 

Contested Motions

 

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

1st Qtr FY15  

2nd Qtr FY15  

3rd Qtr FY15             YTD FY15                   

No. Decisions Issued*

 

 

974

(+17.5%)

199

258

208 666

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions*

 

1358

(+16.4%)

294

365

279 941

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance

 

9 weeks

(-32.3 %)

8.5 weeks

10.3 weeks

9.3 weeks 9.4 weeks

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period

 

135

(+5 cases)

150

151

183 183

* 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.