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

Mid-Year FY17

(% +/- FY16)

Appeals

 

2,992

(+7%)

3,121

(+4.3%)

878

 

775

1,653

(+5.9%)

Extensions of time to oppose

17,132

(-1%)

19,055

(+11.2%)

4,742

 

4,410

9,152

(-3.9%)

Oppositions

 

5,290

(-4%)

5,881

(+11.2%)

1,550

 

1,591

3,141

(+6.8%)

Cancellations

 

1,763

(+2.3%)

1,848

(+4.8%)

484

 

525

1,009

(+9.2%)

 

Final Decisions on Merits (Appeals and Trial Cases)

FY15

(% +/- FY14)    

FY16

(% +/- FY15) 

1st Qtr FY17    

    

2nd Qtr FY17

Mid-Year 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)

345

(no change)

(250/95)

Cases Decided

 

(appeals/trials)

562

(+4.7%)

(439/123)

687

(+11.3%)

(529/158)

129

 

(95/34)

185

 

(140/45)

314

(-8.7%)

(235/79)

Average Pendency of Appeals, RFD to mailing*

 

9.3 weeks

(no change)

8.8 weeks

(-5.4%)

6.4 weeks

7.9 weeks

7.2 weeks

(-18%)

Average Pendency of Trials, RFD to mailing*

11.2 weeks

(+23%)

10.8 weeks

(-3.6%)

9.6 weeks

9.5 weeks

9.5 weeks

(-12%)

Awaiting Decision at end of Period

 

(appeals/trials)

112

(+6.7%)

(81/31)

83

(-25.9%)

(56/27)

116

 

(87/29)

107

 

(65/42)

107

(+29%)

(65/42)

* Excludes precedents and cases with anomalous prosecution histories.

 

Commencement to completion processing times

FY15

(% +/- FY14)    

FY16

(% +/- FY15)     

1st Qtr FY17

2nd Qtr FY17

Mid-Year FY17

(% +/- FY16)

Appeals - Average Total Pendency*

42.7 weeks

(-2.5%)

39.7 weeks+

(-7%)

35.7 weeks

41.5 weeks

39.2 weeks

(-1.3%)

Appeals - Median Total Pendency*

35 weeks

(-2.8%)

34 weeks+

(-2.9%)

32 weeks

31 weeks

31 weeks

(-8.8%)

Trial Cases - Average Total Pendency*

161.2 weeks^

(-2.4%)

154.3 weeks#

(-4.3%)

169.2 weeks

168.4 weeks

168.8 weeks

(+9.4%)

Trial Cases - Median Total Pendency*

142 weeks^

(no change)

142 weeks#

(no change)

163 weeks

156.5 weeks

157 weeks

(+10.6%)

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

122.9 weeks

(+24.9%)

7 cases

 

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

 

Contested Motions

FY15

(% +/- FY14)

FY16

(% +/- FY15)

1st Qtr FY17

2nd Qtr FY17

Mid-Year FY17

(% +/- FY16)

No. Decisions Issued*

 

951

(-2.4%)

1,022

(+7.5%)

213

261

477

(-6.7%)

No. Motions Resolved by Issued Decisions*

1297

(-4.5%)

1,367

(+5.4%)

268

333

604

(-11.6%)

Average Pendency, from Ready for Decision to Issuance

9.8 weeks

(+8.8%)

8.2 weeks

(-16.3%)

7.6 weeks

8.5 weeks

8.1 weeks

(-1.2%)

No. Cases with Motions Awaiting Decision at end of Period

159

(+17.8%)

117

(-26.4%)

156

117

117

(No change)

# 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.