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Table 24. Actions on Petitions to the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks

Actions on Petitions to the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks for Fiscal Years 1997 through 2001
TABLE 24

ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS
(FY 1997 - FY 2001)

NATURE OF PETITION

1997
1998 1999 FN 2000 2001
Patent matters
34,556
33,353
30,586
/1
32,498
42,076
 
Actions on patent petitions, total
           
Acceptance of:
71
35
19
 
15
22
 
Amendments filed after payment of issue fee
245
691
69
 
106
85
Late assignments
685
-
-
 
-
1,332
Late issue fees
65
62
46
 
77
72
Late priority papers
17
16
9
 
24
4
Access
16,691
16,044
17,583
 
14,111
22,157
Certificates of correction
24
22
52
 
68
25
Deferment of issue
1,442
926
529
 
744
1,375
Filing date
-
-
3
 
-
-
Interference
-
-
-
 
-
-
Make special:
1
4
-
 
-
-
 
Infringement/manufacture
1,179
1,328
1,502
 
1,574
1,498
Other
4,554
2,690
920
 
2,323
1,854
Miscellaneous
970
976
1,474
 
1,698
1,614
Maintenance fees
9
-
-
 
5
-
Public use
42
39
17
 
-
-
Reexamination proceedings
54
73
75
 
73
42
Restriction
2,826
3,466
4,158
 
5,084
4,231
Revivals
407
419
407
 
849
1,531
Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47)
551
2,491
66
 
75
44
Supervisory authority
838
724
861
 
942
875
Suspend rules
669
870
-
 
1,401
2,002
Withdrawal of attorney
761
385
862
 
1,212
991
Withdrawal from issue
323
127
80
 
147
121
Change of inventorship
2,132
1,965
1,854
 
1,970
2,201
Withdrawals of holding of aband./pat. lapse
           

Trademark matters
           
 
Actions on trademark petitions, total
4,657
4,479
5,863
 
6,858
10,374
Affidavits of Use and extensions
128
192
168
 
31
-
Decision by examiner
12
7
3
 
6
23
Filing date restorations /2
1,408
634
1,402
 
1,311
1,785
Grant application filing date
61
55
656
 
66
25
Inadvertently issued registrations
237
197
253
 
233
325
Interferences
1
1
-
 
2
1
Make special
104
124
160
 
157
199
Miscellaneous
28
170
76
 
40
23
Oppositions and extensions
15
9
30
 
-
6
Record documents affecting title
4
2
2
 
-
2
Reinstatements /3
1,501
1,307
1,501
 
2,130
2,043
Restore jurisdiction to examiner
1
3
10
 
3
2
Review board decisions
21
3
40
 
6
13
Revive
977
1,552
1,262
 
2,673
5,633
Section 7 correction/amendment
10
5
14
 
-
10
Section 9 renewal
7
4
6
 
3
13
Section 8 or 15
70
32
17
 
61
60
Section 44(e) Amendment*
-
-
131
 
102
183
Review Letter of Protest Decision*
-
-
5
 
3
8
Waive fees/refunds
72
182
127
 
31
20

Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30
           
 
Patent matters
3,779
2,589
2,389
 
1,458
699
Trademark petitions awaiting response
56
74
22
 
158
503
Trademark petitions awaiting action
560
69
651
 
3,199
6,060
Trademark pending filing date issues *
-
-
-
 
189
24
- Represents zero.
/1 Correction to FY 1999 Report
/2 Trademark Applications entitled to a particular filing date; based on clear evidence of Office error.
/3 Trademark Applications restored to pendency; inadvertently abandoned by the Office.
* Not reported in previous years.

 

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