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TTAB Incoming Filings and Performance Measures for Decisions

 

FISCAL YEAR 2014

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

  

Type of Filing

 

1st Qtr FY14 2nd Qtr FY14 3rd Qtr FY14 4th Qtr FY14

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

Appeals

 

 652  657  753  732

 2,794

 (+4%)

Extensions of time to oppose  4,465  4,053  4,325  4,442

 17,285

 (+2%)

Oppositions

 

 1,429  1,331  1,391  1,358

 5,509

 (+4.4%)

Cancellations  431  424  465  402

 1,722

 (+13.8%)

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases) 1st Qtr FY14 2nd Qtr FY14 3rd Qtr FY14 4th Qtr FY14

Full Year FY14

(% +/-  FY13)

Maturing to Ready for Decision (RFD)

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 131

 

 (107/24)

 125

 

 (96/29)

 177

 

 (125/52)

150

 

 (128/22)

 583

 (+5.2%)

 (456/127)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 90

 

 (72/18)

 121

 

 (87/34)

 146

 

 (107/39)

 180

 

 (139/41)

 537

 (-20.6%)

 (405/132)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing (FY14)*  7.4 weeks  10.4 weeks  8.8 weeks  9.9 weeks

 9.3 weeks*

 

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing (FY14)*  5.7 weeks  11.9 weeks  7.5 weeks  10.5 weeks  9.1 weeks*

Awaiting Decision at end of Period

(appeals/trials-FY14)

 118

 

 (82/36)

 114

 

 (83/31)

 141

 

 (99/42)

 105

 

 (81/24)

 105

 (+19.3%)

 (81/24)

 

* Pendency figures for FY14 separate appeals from trials; and exclude decisions issued as a precedent.  Decreases in pendency in both measures are certain, though not calculable because separate measures not reported for FY13.

   

Commencement to completion processing times 1st Qtr FY14 2nd Qtr FY14 3rd Qtr FY14 4th Qtr FY14

Full Year FY14

(% +/- FY13)

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*  46.3 weeks# 40.4 weeks 42.9 weeks  45.2 weeks

 43.8 weeks#

 (-12%)

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*  35 weeks# 35.5 weeks 35 weeks  37 weeks

 36 weeks#

 (-18.2%)

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency* 167.1 weeks 154.2 weeks 166.6 weeks  170.6^ weeks

 165.2 weeks^

 (-12.8%)

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*  131 weeks 133 weeks 146 weeks  144.5^ weeks

 142 weeks^

 (-13.9%)

ACR Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

 

# ACR Cases Decided:

 112.3 weeks

 

 3 cases

 95 weeks

 

 4 cases

 145 weeks

 

 4 cases

 146.8 weeks

 

10 cases

 136.3 Weeks 

(Median: 123 weeks)

 21 cases

 

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

 

#Q1 FY14 and 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 1st Qtr FY 14 2nd Qtr FY14 3rd Qtr FY14 4th Qtr FY14

Full Year FY14

(% +/- FY13)

No. Decisions Issued*

 

 219  245  233  277

 974

 (+17.5%)

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions*  305  353  328  372

 1358

 (+16.4%)

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance  8.5 weeks  9.3 weeks  9 weeks  9.1 weeks

 9 weeks

 (-32.3 %)

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period  134  150  148  135

 135

 (+5 cases)

 

* 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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