How long it takes USPTO to issue a Certificate of Registration?

How long does it take the Trademark Office at the USPTO to issue a Certificate of Registration?  That is to say, once an opposition period has concluded with nobody having filed opposition, how much time goes by before the USPTO actually grants the registration?  Is it sometimes slower?  Sometimes faster?  The amount of delay turns out to be extremely predictable.



We looked through seven of our recent cases.  Each of these was either a 1a case (use-based) or a 66a case (Madrid Protocol).  In each case, once the opposition period ended, it was a rock-steady 47 days — no more and no less — and then the USPTO issued the registration certificate.

publication end of opposition period registration date delay
July 18, 2017 August 17, 2017 October 3, 2017 47
June 27, 2017 July 27, 2017 September 12, 2017 47
June 13, 2017 July 13, 2017 August 29, 2017 47
May 23, 2017 June 22, 2017 August 8, 2017 47
May 23, 2017 June 22, 2017 August 8, 2017 47
May 2, 2017 June 1, 2017 July 18, 2017 47
January 17, 2017 February 16, 2017 April 4, 2017 47

As I say, the cases in this table included both 1a and 66a cases.  Thus I might have expected a different period of delay depending on whether it was a 1a case or a 66a case.  I have in mind a particular reason why I expected the period of delay to be shorter for the 66a cases.  But it was all the same.  47 days no matter which filing basis applied.

I wonder which alert reader can guess what my reason was for thinking that the delay for the 66a cases would have been shorter.  The first reader to post a comment below which correctly guesses why I thought it might be that way, will win a prize.

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