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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2008
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TABLE 15: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES

TABLE 15: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2004 - FY 2008)
Item 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Applications for Registration:
Applications including Additional Classes   298,489   323,501   354,775   394,368   401,392
Applications Filed   244,848   258,527   275,790   298,796   302,253
Disposal of Trademark Applications:
Registrations including Additional Classes   155,991   143,396   188,899   194,327   274,250
Abandonments including Additional Classes   109,931   108,879   126,884   129,200   156,093
Trademark First Actions including Additional Classes   268,865   317,757   405,998   455,802   415,896
Applications Approved for Publication including Additional Classes   186,271   211,624   288,042   344,617   345,067

Certificates of Registration Issued:Read Footnote 11

1946 Act Principal Register    65,797    63,088    95,188    98,564   120,173
Principal Register          
ITU-Statements of Use Registered    49,479    43,930    45,720    44,108    81,387
1946 Act Supplemental Register     4,780     5,477     6,210     7,392     8,344
Total Certificates of Registration   120,056   112,495   147,118   150,064   209,904

Renewal of Registration:Read Footnote 22

Section 9 Applications Filed    32,352    39,354    36,939    40,786    42,388
Section 8 Applications FiledRead Footnote 33    32,389    39,659    36,952    40,798    42,395
Registrations Renewed    34,735    32,279    37,305    47,336    42,159
Affidavits, Sec. 8/15:          
Affidavits Filed    41,157    47,752    48,444    49,241    68,470
Affidavits Disposed    40,765    41,466    45,676    55,888    65,222
Affidavits for Benefits:          
Under Sec. 12(c)         9         1         -         4         1
Published Under Sec. 12(c)         4         3         1        13         3
Amendments to Allege Use Filed     9,414     9,497    10,007     9,646     9,140
Statements of Use Filed    57,731    54,182    67,543    76,866    96,415
Notice of Allowance Issued   108,684   108,268   164,752   172,422   220,333
Total Active Certificates of Registration 1,216,691 1,255,570 1,322,155 1,380,150 1,497,131

Pendency - Average Months:
         
Between Filing and Examiner's First Action       6.6       6.3       4.8       2.9       3.0
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - including suspended and inter partes proceedings      19.5      19.6      18.0      15.1      13.9
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - excluding suspended and inter partes proceedings      16.2      17.2      15.5      13.4      11.8

Notes:

- Represents zero.

1: With the exception of Certificates of Registration, Renewal of Registration, Affidavits filed under Section 8/15 and 12(c), the workload count includes extra classes.

“Applications filed” refers simply to the number of individual trademark applications received by the USPTO. There are, however, 47 different classes of items in which a trademark may be registered. An application must request registration in at least one class, but may request registration in multiple classes. Each class application must be individually researched for registerability. “Applications filed, including additional classes” reflects this fact, and therefore more accurately reflects the Trademark business workload. With the exception of Certificates of Registration, Renewal of Registration, Affidavits filed under Section 8/15 and 12(c), the workload count includes extra classes. (back to text)

2: Renewal of registration is required beginning 10 years following registration concurrent with 20 - year renewals coming due. (back to text)

3: Section 8 Affidavit is required for filing a renewal beginning October 30, 1999 (FY 2000) with the implementation of the Trademark Law Treaty. (back to text)

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