I wrote some custom software to automatically update a database of trademarks I file for my clients. This software notifies me daily of any changes to the status of my clients’ trademark applications. It also notifies me when deadlines get close or when renewal affidavits need to be filed. It’s a big help to my practice, and it helps me keep my clients informed in a timely fashion.
My software also analyzes statistical information about my clients’ trademark applications, such as average pendency, so I can give clients accurate estimates of the time it will take for various things to happen during the application process.
I recently wrote some new software to analyze statistics about all trademark applications naming Arkansas owners, and I’ll be featuring some of the insights on this blog going forward.
One of the first questions I asked was, “Who files the most trademark applications in the state?” The table below shows the answer:
I’m proud and pleased to be the attorney handling the most applications in the state over the last 12 months.
What would you like to know about federal trademark filings for Arkansans?
A couple of patent law professors run a great patent law blog called Patently-O, and they recently came up with a great chart showing how long it takes to get a patent issued once it’s been filed — an average of 34 months. If you’re interested in patents, you should check out Patently-O — it’s got great commentary on most of the important patent cases from the last several years.
You can also check out the USPTO’s Patent Dashboard, which I reported on a couple of years ago here. It has lots of information, updated monthly, on pendency statistics for patent applications. An excerpt appears below:
Last month, I posted about the Patent Dashboard, a fairly new feature on the USPTO’s website that provides statistics on how quickly and how well the USPTO is examining patent applications.
Last month, the USPTO’s Director announced a new Trademark Dashboard aimed at providing the same type of information for trademark application pendency. Currently, a trademark applicant can expect to hear something about an application within 3 months. Assuming no problems, total pendency is averaging a little under a year.
The new tool provides tons more useful statistics. As a practitioner, it is helpful to have this information available so I can give my clients a firm estimate of how much time it will take to secure a federal trademark registration. This represents a step in the right direction for the USPTO, which has been plagued by a lack of transparency about its operations in recent years.