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The 2018 BigPatentData Awards (The “Patties”)

First, Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all made the resolution to use more data and less “gut instinct” in your prosecution this year 🙂

Next, since a new year means nothing if not a tidal wave of “best of” or “year in review” posts, I decided hand out “awards” to examiners and art units for their work in 2018. We were going to live broadcast from Music City Hall, but then I got a last minute advisory action for a ridiculous 101 rejection and decided I better stay here to work on the appeal brief.

The nominees were calculated based on actions mailed in 2018 for utility applications (sorry design patent people). So without further ado, here they are.

The Master Shredder Award (Most Restrictions)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to: Jeffrey D. Washville (Art Unit 1760) with 133 restrictions.

1st Runner Up: Patricia L Morris (Art Unit 1620) with 100 restrictions.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to: Art Unit 1650 with 17.6 restrictions per examiner.

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 1640 with 16.9 restrictions per examiner.

 

The L. Ron Hubbard Award (Most Actions)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to: Alejandro Valencia (Art Unit 2853) with 314 actions.

1st Runner Up: Matthew R Buck (Art Unit 3670) with 284 actions.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to: Art Unit 3790 with 92 actions per examiner

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 1780 with 87 actions per examiner.

 

The Arnaud Amalric Award (Most PTAB Decisions)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to:  Ramsey Refai (Art Units 3660 and 3620) with 23 decisions.

1st Runner Up: Hani M Kazimi (Art Unit 3690) with 20 decisions.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to:  Art Unit 3690 with 3.6 decisions per examiner.

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 3680 with 1.9 decisions per examiner.

Honorable Mention (highest not in tech center 3600): Art Unit 1780 with 1.2 decisions per examiner.

 

The Sir Lionel Luckhoo Award (Best Record at the PTAB)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to:  Ethan D Civan (Art Unit 3680) with 14 affirmances and 0 reversals.

1st Runner UpAbhishek Vyas (Art Unit 3690) with 13 affirmances and 0 reversals.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to:  Art Unit 3690 with 456 affirmances and 49 reversals (90%).

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 3620 with 428 affirmances and 54 reversals (88%).

Honorable Mention (highest not in tech center 3600): Art Unit 3710 with 134 affirmances and 44 reversals (75%).

 

The Harold Stassen Award (Worst Record at the PTAB)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to:  Thomas John Ward (Art Unit 3760) with 0 affirmances and 13 reversals.

1st Runner UpDiallo Igwe Duniver (Art Units 3760 and 3740) with 0 affirmances and 9 reversals.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to:  Art Unit 3760 with 95 affirmances and 184 reversals (34%).

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 3650 with 35 affirmances and 61 reversals (36%).

 

The Little Mikey Award (Highest Allowance Rate)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to:  Sophia S Chen (Art Unit 2850) with 100 allowances and 0 abandonments.

1st Runner UpThanh Lam (Art Unit 2830) with 98 allowances and 0 abandonments.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to:  Art Unit 2630 with 3903 allowances and 393 abandonments (91%).

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 2660 with 942 allowances and 7494 abandonments (89%).

 

The Nancy Reagan Award (Lowest Allowance Rate)

Examiner

And the Pattie goes to: Arunava Chakravarti (Art Unit 3690) with 0 allowances and 37 abandonments.

1st Runner UpKatherine Kolosowski-Gager (Art Unit 3620) with 0 allowances and 35 abandonments.

Art Unit

And the Pattie goes to: Art Unit 3620 with 1345 allowances and 3253 abandonments (29%).

1st Runner Up: Art Unit 3680 with 1556 allowances and 3063 abandonments (34%).

Honorable Mention (lowest not in tech center 3600): Art Unit 1610 with 3146 affirmances and 2320 reversals (58%).