TTAB Incoming Filings and Performance Measures for Decisions

FISCAL YEAR 2018

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

 

Type of Filing

                                           

FY17

(% +/-FY16)       

1st Qtr FY18   

2nd Qtr FY18   

3rd Qtr FY18   4th Qtr FY18  

Full Year FY18       

(% +/- FY17)

Appeals

3,158

(+1.2%)

777

 

866 760 820

3,223

(+2%)

Extensions of time to oppose

18,490

(-3%)

4,902

 

4,596 5,104 4,606

19,208

(+3.9%)

Oppositions

 

6,156

(+4.7%)

1,610

 

1,601 1,639 1,646

6,496

(+5.5%)

Cancellations

 

2,101

(+13.7%)

596

 

547 551 559

2,253

(+7.2%)

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases)                    

FY17

(% +/- FY16)       

1st Qtr FY18   

2nd Qtr FY18    3rd Qtr FY18   4th Qtr FY18  

Full Year FY18       

(% +/- FY17)

Maturing to RFD (Ready for Decision)

(appeals/trials)

679

(-1.2%)

(517/162)

125

 

(103/22)

158

 

(125/33)

185

 

(129/56)

182

 

(116/66)

650

(-4.3%)

(373/177)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials)

649

(-5.7%)

(489/160)

120

 

(93/27)

113

 

(86/27)

153

 

(122/31)

199

 

(140/59)

585

(-9.9%)

(441/144)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing*

7.0 weeks

(-20.5%)

6.6 weeks

8.2 weeks 9.4 weeks 8.7 weeks

8.3 weeks

(+18.6%)

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing*

10.4 weeks

(-3.7%)

8.6 weeks

7.2 weeks 10 weeks 10.4 weeks

9.5 weeks

(-8.7%)

Awaiting Decision at end of Period 

(appeals/trials)

93

(+12%)

(65/28)

93

 

(72/21)

130

 

(104/26)

150

 

(102/48)

130

 

(74/56)

130

(+39.8%)

(74/56)

* Pendency figures exclude decisions issued as precedents, considered for issuance as such, and those in cases with anomalous prosecution histories.

 

Commencement to completion processing times

FY17

(% +/- FY16)

1st Qtr FY18

 

2nd Qtr FY18

 

3rd Qtr FY18 4th Qtr FY18  

Full Year FY18       

(% +/- FY17)

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*

38.8 weeks

(-2.3%)

34.3 weeks

 

35.6 weeks

 

36.3 weeks 35.8 weeks

35.8 weeks

(-7.8%)

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*

31.5 weeks 

(-7.4%)

33 weeks

 

32 weeks

 

34 weeks 33 weeks

33 weeks

(+4.8%)

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

157.2 weeks

(+1.9%)

126.8 weeks

150.6 weeks

 

122.9 weeks 148.7 weeks

140.3 weeks

(-10.8%)

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*

148 weeks

(+4.2%)

116 weeks

128.6 weeks

 

121.5 weeks 141 weeks

128 weeks

(-13.5%)

ACR Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

# ACR Cases Decided:

119.4 weeks

(+21.3%)

17 cases

107 weeks

 

4 cases

119 weeks

 

3 cases

82.9 weeks

 

7 cases

131 weeks

 

5 cases

106.3 weeks

(-11%)

19 cases       

* Pendency figures exclude decisions issued as precedents, considered for issuance as such, and those in cases with anomalous prosecution histories.

 

Contested Motions

FY17

(% +/- FY16)

1st Qtr FY18      

2nd Qtr FY18

3rd Qtr FY18   4th Qtr FY18  

Full Year FY18    

(% +/- FY17)   

No. Decisions Issued#

 

991

(-3%)

252

283 248 297

1,082

(+9.2%)

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions#

1,238

(-9.4%)

309

345 300 362

1318

(+6.5%)

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance*

7.8 weeks

(-4.9%)

7.8 weeks

10.2 weeks 9.1 weeks 10.1 weeks

9.4 weeks

(+20.5%)

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period

147

(+25.6%)

177

172 193 165

165

(+12.2%)

# Quarterly and Year to Date tallies of Decisions Issued or Motions Resolved are subject to revision as records are updated and during the year; and they may vary slightly from previously reported tallies.

* Pendency figures exclude decisions issued as precedents, considered for issuance as such, and those in cases with anomalous prosecution histories.