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Table 24: Actions on Petitions to the Director of the USPTO

TABLE 24: ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE USPTO
(FY 2000 - FY 2004)
NATURE OF PETITION FN 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Patent matters
           
    Actions on patent petitions, total
1 33,386 43,062 22,290 57,267 17,007
    Acceptance of:
           
        Amendments filed after payment of issue fee
      15     22     15     18      -
        Late assignments
     106     85     30     42     33
        Late issue fees
       - 1,332  1,676  2,362  1,441
        Late priority papers
      77     72    330  1,184  1,112
    Access
      24      4      6      3      -
    Certificates of correction
  14,111 22,157      0 32,445      -
    Deferment of issue
      68     25     21     40     40
    Entity Status Change
     888    986    836      -  1,621
    Filing date
     744  1,375  2,158  1,776  1,267
    Interference
       -      -      -      -      -
    Make special:
       -      -      -      -      -
        Infringement/manufacture
       -      -      3      -      -
        Other
   1,574  1,498  1,573  1,592      -
    Miscellaneous
   2,323  1,854  1,411  2,547    778
    Maintenance fees
   1,698  1,614  1,614  2,002  1,913
    Public use
       5      -      3      -      -
    Reexamination proceedings
       -      -      6      2     67
    Restriction
      73     42    102     82      -
    Revivals
   5,084  4,231  3,395  4,154  4,400
    Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47)
     849  1,531  1,698  2,045  1,519
    Supervisory authority
      75     44    112    196     69
    Suspend rules
     942    875  1,052  1,441  1,006
    Withdrawal of attorney
   1,401  2,002  2,530  3,749      -
    Withdrawal from issue
   1,212    991  1,178    881  1,451
    Change of inventorship
     147    121    186    228      -
    Withdrawals of holding of aband./pat. lapse
   1,970  2,201  2,355    468    290
Trademark matters
           
    Actions on trademark petitions, total
   6,858 10,374 24,699 18,493 17,791
        Affidavits of Use and extensions
      31      -      1      3      -
        Decision by examiner
       6     23     14     20     23
        Filing date restorations 2
   1,311  1,785    846    495    270
        Grant application filing date
      66     25     29     21      8
        Inadvertently issued registrations
     233    325    654    516    220
        Interferences
       2      1      2      -      -
    Letters of Protest 4
             765
        Make special
     157    199    133    138    167
        Miscellaneous
      40     23     40     46     74
        Oppositions and extensions
       -      6      3      4      1
        Record documents affecting title
       -      2      1      4      -
        Reinstatements 3
   2,130  2,043  6,304  3,845  2,972
        Restore jurisdiction to examiner
       3      2      2      8     19
        Review board decisions
       6     13     10     14      5
        Revive
   2,673  5,633 16,222 12,771 12,476
        Section 7 correction/amendment
       -     10     17      10     16
        Section 9 renewal
       3     13     14      28     21
        Section 8 or 15
      61     60     75      61     86
        Section 44(e) Amendment
     102    183    317     493    622
        Review Letter of Protest Decision
       3      8      4      2      4
        Waive fees/refunds
      31     20     11     14     42
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30/04
           
    Patent matters
   1,458    699  1,844  2,317      -
    Trademark petitions awaiting response
     158    503  2,197    354    253
    Trademark petitions awaiting action
   3,199  6,060    582  1,791  2,179
    Trademark pending filing date issues
     189     24     12      8      1

Notes:

- Represents zero.

1: Correction to FY 1999 Report. (back to text)
2: Trademark Applications entitled to a particular filing date; based on clear evidence of Office error. (back to text)
3: Trademark Applications restored to pendency; inadvertently abandoned by the Office. (back to text)
4: Not reported in previous years. (back to text)


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