These charts and graphs appear in the firm's Federal Circuit Appeals from the PTAB and ITC: Summaries of Key 2020 Decisions report. Please click on the report link for more information and analysis.
Appeals from the USPTO dipped in FY20, reaching their lowest level since FY15. After four consecutive years of declines in appeals from district courts, these cases levelled off in FY20. Source: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
PTAB/AIA appeal pendency from docketing to opinion ticked up noticeably in the second half of 2020, likely due to COVID-19-related delays.
37% of the Federal Circuit's 154 PTAB/AIA appeal decisions were Rule 36 summary affirmances in 2020, the smallest share ever recorded. Precedential opinions made up 21% of the Court's decisions.
Overall in 2020, 79% of the 154 PTAB/AIA decisions were affirmed, 16% were remanded, 3% were reversed, and 3% were dismissed.