Recent Pendency Statistics for USPTO Tech Centers 2100, 2400, 2600, 2800 and 3600

The following statistics were provided by the USPTO to the AIPLA Electronics and Software Patent Committee, and may be available elsewhere.  Much thanks to the USPTO for providing these statistics.  The stats show a very modest increase or small decrease in the number of cases pending in April 2010 compared to September 2009.  It would appear that either the PTO or the economy has for now stopped or greatly reduced the growth of backlog in the PTO.  Let’s hope the PTO can get the funding it needs to continue to implement the improvements in technology and training being sought by Director Kappos.

Technology Center pendency statistics:

 Technology Center 2100 

Average pendency to first action                      32 months

Average total pendency                                   41.3 months

Number of pending cases as of 04.30.10          61,024

Number of pending cases as of 09.30.09          60,882

Staffing – 639 examiners, 47 supervisors

Technology Center 2400

Average pendency to first action                      29 months

Average total pendency                                  43.9 months

Number of pending cases as of 04.30.10          44,037

Number of pending cases as of 09.30.09         39,669

Staffing – 688 examiners, 56 supervisors

Technology Center 2600

Average pendency to first action                     33 months

Average total pendency                                  42.7 months

Number of pending cases as of 04.30.10         121,836

Number of pending cases as of 09.30.09         127,956

Staffing - 785 examiners, 70 supervisors

Technology Center 2800

Average pendency to first action                     22.3 months

Average total pendency                                  30.6 months

Number of pending cases as of 04.30.10         123,012

Number of pending cases as of 09.30.09         123,122

Staffing – 1000 examiners, 75 supervisors

Technology Center 3600

Average pendency to first action                     26.9 months

Average total pendency                                  35.1 months

Number of pending cases as of 04.30.10         84,442

Number of pending cases as of 09.30.09         83,535

Staffing – 639 examiners, 47 Supervisors

 Overall, filings are flat for FY10

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