USPTO Launches Trademarks Dashboard Feature
The USPTO unveiled its Trademarks Dashboard feature on May 10th, providing a window into a number of useful statistics and measurements about its trademark operations. The Dashboard follows a similar feature from the PTO’s Patent side, which was introduced in September 2010 and has been a popular and useful tool for patent attorneys.
The Dashboard’s statistics measure the timeliness and quality of the Trademarks division, and also give some insight into the rise in amount and type of applications filed. Applications are on the rise in the current second quarter of 2011, with 189,064 applications filed this year to date. The statistics give a hopeful view that filings this year will rise above the levels of the past two years, and may even come close to 2008’s amount of 401,392 applications filed.
The Dashboard also details the PTO’s average “first action pendency,” or the average amount of months from when an application is received until the Examining Attorney issues his or her first office action. The PTO’s target is 2.5 – 3.5 months, and it has met this goal since 2008 (with a current 2011 first action pendency of 2.7 months). “Total pendency,” or the average number of months from filing date to final action, currently stands at 10.9 months for 2011. However, this figure excludes applications which are suspended or involved in inter partes TTAB disputes, and it would be interesting to have additional measures for these types of actions.
Another interesting figure is the amount of active trademark registrations, which currently stands at 1,655,542. As another table indicates, the overwhelming majority of these registrations are domestic filings.
The Dashboard provides a wealth of information about trademark operations at the PTO, and it will be interesting to see how the current year continues after two years of the economic downturn. Hopefully the current uptick in applications continues – and at the very least, statistics-inclined trademark practitioners (and law student devotees) will have some hard numbers to crunch.