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U.S. PTO Trademarks Data Q1 2021

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The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office ("PTO") recently released data indicating record levels of trademark application filings since the first quarter of 2020.

Over 260,000 trademark applications were filed by Q1 2021 compared to over 151,000 applications filed by Q1 2020. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a substantial increase in trademark applications filed by the end of 2020. Specifically, Q2 2020 saw 157,877 applications filed, Q3 2020 saw 180,961 applications filed, and Q4 2020 saw 247,807 applications filed. The majority of trademark applications through Q1 and Q3 2020 were filed on an intent-to-use basis. The average time for an Examining Attorney to be assigned to a trademark application has increased from 2.5-3 months to around 4-5 months. Please note that the U.S. PTO's target number of months from the date of application filing to the Examining Attorney's first office action is between 2.5 and 4.5 months. By Q1 2021, the total number of new application classes prior to the first office action awaiting examination was 358,298. By Q1 2021, 93,580 trademark applications matured to registrations. Similarly, there has been a gradual increase in registrations since 2018. Learn more on "Trademarks Data Q1 2021 at a glance".


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Emily Mola

Ms. Mola earned her Bachelor’s degree in History, magna cum laude, from the Florida International University, and a Juris Doctor degree and Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the Florida International University, College of Law. While at FIU Law, she served as the President of the Intellectual Property Student Association. As a result of her dedication to intellectual property law, she earned three CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in focused academic coursework. Ms. Mola is the recipient of the International Trademark Association’s 2020 Ladas Memorial Award for her article, Trademark Law’s Capability to Protect Traditional Cultural Expressions from Unauthorized Borrowing and Theft. Ms. Mola is a 2018 Microsoft/Hispanic National Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Legal Institute scholar.