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

 

 TABLE 24: ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS
(FY 2001 - FY 2005)
NATURE OF PETITION
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Patent matters
         
   Actions on patent petitions, total
37,523
16,461
49,049
46,568
44,361
   Acceptance of:
         
      Late assignments
    85
    30
    42
    33
   432
      Late issue fees
1,332
 1,676
 2,362
 1,441
   938
      Late priority papers
    72
   330
 1,184
 1,112
    27
   Access
     4
     6
     3
     -
    10
   Certificates of correction
22,157
     -
32,445
30,406
27,763
   Deferment of issue
    25
    21
    40
    40
    21
   Entity Status Change
   986
   836
     -
 1,621
 1,289
   Filing date
 1,375
 2,158
 1,776
 1,267
 1,815
   Maintenance fees
 1,614
 1,614
 2,002
 1,913
 2,208
   Revivals
 4,231
 3,395
 4,154
 4,400
 5,190
   Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47)
 1,531
 1,698
 2,045
 1,519
 2,055
   Supervisory authority
    44
   112
   196
    69
   131
   Suspend rules
   875
 1,052
 1,441
 1,006
   290
   Withdrawal from issue
   991
 1,178
   881
 1,451
 1,950
   Withdrawals of holding of aband./pat. lapse
 2,201
 2,355
   468
   290
   242
Trademark matters
         
   Actions on trademark petitions, total
10,374
24,699
18,493
17,791
22,377
      Affidavits of Use and extensions
     -
     1
     3
     -
     -
      Decision by examiner
    23
    14
    20
    23
    10
      Filing date restorations  Read Footnote 1  1
 1,785
   846
   495
   270
   211
      Grant application filing date
    25
    29
    21
     8
    17
      Inadvertently issued registrations
   325
   654
   516
   220
   181
      Interferences
     1
     2
     -
     -
     1
   Letters of Protest  Read Footnote 2  2
 
 
 
   765
   811
      Make special
   199
   133
   138
   167
   208
      Miscellaneous
    23
    40
    46
    74
    68
      Oppositions and extensions
     6
     3
     4
     1
     2
      Record documents affecting title
     2
     1
     4
     -
     -
      Reinstatements  Read Footnote 3  3
 2,043
 6,304
 3,845
 2,972
 1,964
      Restore jurisdiction to examiner
     2
     2
     8
    19
     3
      Review board decisions
    13
    10
    14
     5
     8
      Revive
 5,633
16,222
12,771
12,476
18,134
      Section 7 correction/amendment
    10
    17
    10
    16
    20
      Section 9 renewal
    13
    14
    28
    21
    10
      Section 8 or 15
    60
    75
    61
    86
    73
      Section 44(e) Amendment
   183
   317
   493
   622
   629
      Review Letter of Protest Decision
     8
     4
     2
     4
     3
      Waive fees/refunds
    20
    11
    14
    42
    24
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30
         
   Trademark petitions awaiting response
   503
 2,197
   354
   253
   222
   Trademark petitions awaiting action
 6,060
   582
 1,791
 2,179
   379
   Trademark pending filing date issues
    24
    12
     8
     1
     7

Notes:

- Represents zero.

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

 

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