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TABLE 15: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES

TABLE 15: SUMMARY OF TRADEMARK EXAMINING ACTIVITIES
(FY 2005 - FY 2009)
Item 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Applications for Registration:
Applications including Additional Classes   323,501   354,775   394,368   401,392   352,051
Applications Filed   258,527   275,790   298,796   302,253   266,939
Disposal of Trademark Applications:
Registrations including Additional Classes   143,396   188,899   194,327   274,250   241,637
Abandonments including Additional Classes   108,879   126,884   129,200   156,093   189,687
Trademark First Actions including Additional Classes   317,757   405,998   455,802   415,896   372,830
Applications Approved for Publication including Additional Classes   211,624   288,042   344,617   345,067   320,246
Certificates of Registration Issued:Read Footnote 11
1946 Act Principal Register    63,088    95,188    98,564   120,173   102,607
Principal Register          
ITU-Statements of Use Registered    43,930    45,720    44,108    81,387    69,920
1946 Act Supplemental Register     5,477     6,210     7,392     8,344     7,993
Total Certificates of Registration   112,495   147,118   150,064   209,904   180,520
Renewal of Registration:Read Footnote 22
Section 9 Applications Filed    39,354    36,939    40,786    42,388    43,953
Section 8 Applications FiledRead Footnote 33    39,659    36,952    40,798    42,395    43,868
Registrations Renewed    32,279    37,305    47,336    42,159    42,282
Affidavits, Sec. 8/15:          
Affidavits Filed    47,752    48,444    49,241    68,470    65,322
Affidavits Disposed    41,466    45,676    55,888    65,222    63,483
Amendments to Allege Use Filed     9,497    10,007     9,646     9,140     8,633
Statements of Use Filed    54,182    67,543    76,866    96,415    90,493
Notice of Allowance Issued   108,268   164,752   172,422   220,333   181,702
Total Active Certificates of Registration 1,255,570 1,322,155 1,380,150 1,497,131 1,547,168

Pendency - Average Months:
         
Between Filing and Examiner's First Action       6.3       4.8       2.9       3.0       2.7
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - including suspended and inter partes proceedings      19.6      18.0      15.1      13.9      13.5
Between Filing, Registration (Use Applications) Abandonments and NOA's - excluding suspended and inter partes proceedings      17.2      15.5      13.4      11.8      11.2

Notes:

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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