The annual reports of the Boards of Appeal provide information and detailed statistics on the Boards. They also describe general developments in the Boards during the preceding year.
Despite the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boards of Appeal settled 2938 cases with action, which represents a productivity increase of 11.1% over 2020. The number of pending cases was reduced by 13.9% to 7131 cases.
Despite the temporary disruption of oral proceedings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boards of Appeal reduced in 2020 the number of pending cases by 10.3% and the time for settling 90% of cases by five months.
The Boards of Appeal again increased their performance in 2019. From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019, the number of cases settled increased by 46%. Productivity (i.e. cases settled with action divided by technical member capacity) increased by 27.8%.
The Boards of Appeal again increased their performance in 2018. From 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2018, the number of technical cases settled increased by 22.6% and productivity (i.e. cases settled with action divided by technical member capacity) by 18%.
The Boards of Appeal increased their performance in 2017. The number of technical cases settled increased by 2.5%, and the number of technical cases on which the Boards started work rose by 12.4% (in terms of first communications issued).