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Table 24: Actions on Petitions to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

TABLE 24: ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
(FY 2006 - FY 2010)
Nature of Petition 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Patent matters          
Actions on patent petitions, total 41,271 51,420 51,774 51,482 51,649
Acceptance of:          
Late assignments 477 619 621 ;628 773
Late issue fees 1,195 1,787 1,819 1,792 1,720
Late priority papers 16 7 10 13 5
Access 5 12 12 42 14
Certificates of correction 23,129 28,715 26,878 25,527 27,611
Deferment of issue 13 20 21 20 9
Entity Status Change 963 1,389 1,263 1,246 2,567
Filing date 1,129 1,090 975 723 539
Maintenance fees 2,038 2,355 2,774 1,949 2,173
Revivals 6,075 8,279 10,339 11,478 9,326
Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47) 1,492 1,864 1,837 2,583 2,259
Supervisory authority 163 137 183 347 411
Suspend rules 272 214 228 301 237
Withdrawal from issue 1,996 1,476 1,642 1,423 1,912
Withdrawals of holding of aband. 2,308 3,456 3,172 3,410 2,093

Late Claim for Priority
788 981 986 1,121 1,094
Withdraw as Attorney 3,030 5,246 6,164 6,133 5,237
Matters Not Provided For (37 CFR 1.182) 961 994 1,009 1,334 1,236
To Make Special 2,018 3,913 4,653 4,797 4,264
Patent Term Adjustment/Extension 687 608 476 1,613 28,775

Trademark matters
         
Actions on trademark petitions, total 17,590 21,755 29,703 24,747 21,852
Filing date restorations1 65 72 28 20 13
Inadvertently issued registrations 217 173 178 134 116
Letters of Protest 722 735 876 1,011 1,003
Madrid Petitions 13 19 13 21 28
Make special 185 205 121 94 225
Reinstatements2 552 575 1,249 851 563
Revive (reviewed on paper) 4,379 4,275 6,524 2,526 1,096
Revive (granted electronically)3 10,689 14,850 19,654 18,967 17,686
Waive fees/refunds 7 11 30 18 18
Miscellaneous Petitions to the Director 580 749 940 1,008 971
Board Matters 16 13 9 11 16
Post Registration Matters 165 78 81 86 117
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30          
Trademark petitions awaiting response 275 166 56 72 51
Trademark petitions awaiting action 177 117 95 3 5
Trademark pending filing date issues 22 2 - - -

Notes:

- Represents zero.

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

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

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

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