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Former examiners are available to answer general patent questions
For questions regarding the America Invents Act, including the new legal provisions and rules in effect as of September 16, 2012: inventors oath or declaration, supplemental examination, preissuance submission, citation of patent owner claim scope statement, post grant review, inter partes review, and transitional program for covered business methods.
Check the status of Power of Attorney, change of address, provisional application status, and express abandonment. Help with filing receipt questions, change/withdrawal of attorney, notice of abandonment for patent, notice of missing parts letter, lost grants or soft copies, certification of correction, filing a patent to the file repository, listing a patent for sale in official gazette, processing of Certificates of Corrections, or to speak to an AAU representative. Assistance is available Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. 888-786-0101 (toll-free) 571-272-4000 (local)
Provides information and assistance on the PCT process, (571) 272-4300 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (ET), Monday through Friday
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is created by statute, and includes statutory members and Administrative Patent Judges. The PTAB is charged with rendering decisions on: appeals from adverse examiner decisions, post-issuance challenges to patents, and interferences.
The Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) assists customers with filing their electronic patent application submissions via the Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web) and with the review of patent applications in Public and Private PAIR. The EBC offers support with electronic filing, eOffice Action, PatentIn and Checker, Customer Number Requests, PKI Digital Certificates, Customer Number Upload Spreadsheets, PDX requests, Fee Address Indication, PCT Associations, PatFT and AppFT Searches and Central Fax inquiries. Assistance is available Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight ET (except federal holidays).
The Trademark Assistance Center (TAC) provides general information about the trademark registration process and responds to inquiries about the status of trademark applications and registrations.