The inaugural copy of The Trademark Insider is available for download from NameProtect.  The issue contains the 2001 annual rankings of U.S. trademark firms (Oblon Spivak led with 2,361 applications filed, the firm where I had been a partner, Fross Zelnick, fell to second with 1,289).  First quarter numbers for 2002 are provided as well (Blakely Sokoloff at 246, Fross Zelnick at 238).  If the first quarter numbers are extrapolated (and considering that March is the busiest month of the year for applications, don’t ask me why), then 2002 looks to be somewhat slower than 2001.