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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.

 

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