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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 2002 - FY 2006)
NATURE OF PETITION 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Patent matters          
Actions on patent petitions, total 16,461 49,049 46,568 44,361 41,271
Acceptance of:          
Late assignments     30     42     33    432    477
Late issue fees  1,676  2,362  1,441    938  1,195
Late priority papers    330  1,184  1,112     27     16
Access      6      3      -     10      5
Certificates of correction      - 32,445 30,406 27,763 23,129
Deferment of issue     21     40     40     21     13
Entity Status Change    836      -  1,621  1,289    963
Filing date  2,158  1,776  1,267  1,815  1,129
Maintenance fees  1,614  2,002  1,913  2,208  2,038
Revivals  3,395  4,154  4,400  5,190  6,075
Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47)  1,698  2,045  1,519  2,055  1,492
Supervisory authority    112    196     69    131    163
Suspend rules  1,052  1,441  1,006    290    272
Withdrawal from issue  1,178    881  1,451  1,950  1,996
Withdrawals of holding of aband./pat. lapse  2,355    468    290    242  2,308

Late Claim for Priority  Read Footnote 1  1
     -      -    531    843    788
Withdraw as Attorney  Read Footnote 1  1      -      -      -      -  3,030
Matters Not Provided For (37 CFR 1.182)  Read Footnote 1  1      -      -    788  1,270    961
To Make Special  Read Footnote 1  1      -      -      -      -  2,018
Patent Term Adjustment/Extension  Read Footnote 1  1      -      -    369    684    687

Trademark matters
         
Actions on trademark petitions, total 24,699 18,493 17,791 22,377 17,590
Affidavits of Use and extensions      1      3      -      -      -
Decision by examiner     14     20     23     10     19
Filing date restorations  Read Footnote 2  2    846    495    270    211     65
Grant application filing date     29     21      8     17     11
Inadvertently issued registrations    654    516    220    181    217
Interferences      2      -      -      1      2
Letters of Protest      -      -    765    811    722
Madrid Petitions  Read Footnote 1  1      -      -      -      -     13
Make special    133    138    167    208    185
Miscellaneous     40     46     74     68     81
Oppositions and extensions      3      4      1      2     10
Record documents affecting title      1      4      -      -     15
Reinstatements  Read Footnote 3  3  6,304  3,845  2,972  1,964    552
Restore jurisdiction to examiner      2      8     19      3     12
Review board decisions     10     14      5      8      6
Revive (reviewed on paper) 16,222 12,771 12,476 18,134  4,379
Revive (granted electronically)  Read Footnote 4  4      -      -      -      - 10,689
Section 7 correction/amendment     17     10     16     20     30
Section 9 renewal     14     28     21     10     23
Section 8 or 15     75     61     86     73    112
Section 44(e) Amendment    317    493    622    629    436
Review Letter of Protest Decision      4      2      4      3      4
Waive fees/refunds     11     14     42     24      7
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30          
Trademark petitions awaiting response  2,197    354    253    222    275
Trademark petitions awaiting action    582  1,791  2,179    379    177
Trademark pending filing date issues     12      8      1      7     22

Notes:

- Represents zero.

 1: Not reported in previous years.  (back to text) 

 2: Trademark applications entitled to a particular filing date; based on clear evidence of Trademark organization error.  (back to text) 

 3: Trademark applications restored to pendency; inadvertently abandoned by the Trademark organization.  (back to text) 

 4: The petition to revive numbers were not separated into two categories (paper versus electronic) in previous years.  (back to text) 

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