According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Trademark Data Visualization Center Dashboard, for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2011, Trademark Operations pendency has reached historically low levels. Specifically, the average pendency to a first action on a new application is down to 2.7 months, while total pendency -- defined as the average time from filing to registration, abandonment or notice of allowance -- is at approximately 10.2 months. The first action pendency statistics are squarely within the PTO's target (between 2.5 and 3.5 months from filing), while the total pendency number is well below the target 12.5 months. The total pendency number is slightly better for TEAS Plus applications (8.6 months) than for traditional TEAS applications (10.7 months) and paper filings (12.4 months). Statement of Use ("SOU") pendency, which measures the average number of days for initial processing of a SOU, is at an average of 3 days for the quarter, which is again well below the PTO's target of 15 days. So far in FY 2011, more than 290,000 new trademark application have been filed, leading the PTO to project that the total number of applications filed this year will be higher than 2009 and 2010 levels.
The Trademarks Dashboard (available at www.uspto.gov/dashboards/trademarks) is part of the PTO's overall efforts to provide greater visibility to information about U.S. trademark applications. The Dashboard is updated quarterly, and provides a wealth of information in addition to the statistics noted above. The PTO offers a similar Dashboard for patents.