TTAB Incoming Filings and Performance Measures for Decisions

FISCAL YEAR 2017

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

 

Type of Filing

 

FY15

(% +/- FY14)    

FY16

(% +/- FY15) 

1st Qtr FY17   

 

2nd Qtr FY17 3rd Qtr FY17 4th Qtr FY17

Year To Date FY17       

(% +/- FY16)

Appeals

 

2,992

(+7%)

3,121

(+4.3%)

878

 

775 765 740

3,158

(+1.2%)

Extensions of time to oppose

17,132

(-1%)

19,055

(+11.2%)

4,742

 

4,410 4,557 4,781

18,490

(-3%)

Oppositions

 

5,290

(-4%)

5,881

(+11.2%)

1,550

 

1,591 1,517 1,498

6,156

(+4.7%)

Cancellations

 

1,763

(+2.3%)

1,848

(+4.8%)

484

 

525 549 543

2,101

(+13.7%)

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases)    

FY15

(% +/- FY14)           

FY16

(% +/- FY15)   

1st Qtr FY17      

2nd Qtr FY17      3rd Qtr FY17 4th Qtr FY17

Year To Date FY17     

(% +/- FY16)

Maturing to RFD (Ready for Decision)

(appeals/trials)

617

(+5.8%)

(479/138)

687

(+11.3%)

(529/158)

166

 

(130/36)

179

 

(120/59)

168

 

(128/40)

166

 

(139/27)

679

(-1.2 %)

(517/162)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials)

562

(+4.7%)

(439/123)

687

(+11.3%)

(529/158)

129

 

(95/34)

185

 

(140/45)

149

 

(117/32)

186

 

(137/49)

649

(-5.7%)

(489/160)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing*

9.3    weeks

(no change)

8.8   weeks

(-5.4%)

6.4 weeks

7.9 weeks 6.9 weeks 6.9 weeks

7.0 weeks

(-20.5%)

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing*

11.2  weeks

(+23%)

10.8 weeks

(-3.6%)

9.6 weeks

9.5 weeks

10.0 weeks

12.7 weeks

10.4 weeks

(-3.7%)

Awaiting Decision at end of Period

(appeals/trials)

112

(+6.7%)

(81/31)

83

(-25.9%)

(56/27)

116

 

(87/29)

107

 

(65/42)

116

 

(67/49)

93

 

(65/28)

93

(+12%)

(65/28)

* Excludes precedents and cases with anomalous prosecution histories.

 

Commencement to completion processing times

FY15

(% +/- FY14)         

FY16

(% +/- FY15)    

1st Qtr FY17     

2nd Qtr FY17      3rd Qtr FY17       4th Qtr FY17

Year To Date FY17     

(% +/- FY16)

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*

42.7 weeks

(-2.5%)

39.7   weeks

(-7%)

35.7 weeks

41.5 weeks 36.9 weeks 38.9 weeks

38.8 weeks

(-2.3%)

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*

35   weeks

(-2.8%)

34  weeks+ 

(-2.9%)

32  weeks

31   weeks 32   weeks 31.5 weeks

31.5 weeks

(-7.4%)

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

161.2 weeks^

(-2.4%)

154.3 weeks#

(-4.3%)

169.2 weeks

168.4 weeks 147.9 weeks 152.5 weeks

157.2 weeks

(+1.9%)

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*

142 weeks^

(no change)

142    weeks

(no change)

163  weeks

156.5 weeks 147   weeks 147 weeks

148 weeks

(+4.2%)

ACR Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

# ACR Cases Decided:

138.6 weeks

(+1.7%)

10 cases

98.4 weeks

(-29%)

23 cases

104.3 weeks

 

3 cases

136.7 weeks

 

3 cases

105.3 weeks

 

6 cases

134.5 weeks

 

4 cases

119.4 weeks

(+21.3%)

17 cases       

* Pendency figures exclude precedents and cases with anomalous prosecution histories.

 

Contested Motions

FY15

(% +/- FY14)

FY16

(% +/- FY15)

1st Qtr FY17    

2nd Qtr FY17  

3rd Qtr FY17   4th Qtr FY17

Year To Date FY17     

(% +/- FY16)     

No. Decisions Issued*

 

951

(-2.4%)

1,022

(+7.5%)

213

261 260 252

991

(-3%)

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions*

1297

(-4.5%)

1,367

(+5.4%)

268

333 318 312

1238

(-9.4%)

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance

9.8 weeks

(+8.8%)

8.2 weeks

(-16.3%)

7.6 weeks

8.5 weeks 7.1 weeks 7.9 weeks

7.8 weeks

(-4.9%)

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period

159

(+17.8%)

117

(-26.4%)

156

117 111 147

147

(+25.6%)

# Quarterly and Year to Date 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.

* Pendency figures exclude precedential decisions.