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Table 25: Actions on Petitions to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

TABLE 25: ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
(FY 2007 - FY 2011)
Nature of Petition 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Patent matters          
Actions on patent petitions, total 51,420 51,774 51,482 51,649 53,755
Acceptance of:          
Late assignments 619 621 628 773 892
Late issue fees 1,787 1,819 1,792 1,720 1,920
Late priority papers 7 10 13 5 4
Access 12 12 42 14 9
Certificates of correction 28,715 26,878 25,527 27,611 26,033
Deferment of issue 20 21 20 9 8
Entity Status Change 1,389 1,263 1,246 2,567 2,842
Filing date 1,090 975 723 539 531
Maintenance fees 2,355 2,774 1,949 2,173 2,457
Revivals 8,279 10,339 11,478 9,326 9,949
Rule 47 (37 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1.47) 1,864 1,837 2,583 2,259 3,077
Supervisory authority 137 183 347 411 470
Suspend rules 214 228 301 237 275
Withdrawal from issue 1,476 1,642 1,423 1,912 1,948
Withdrawals of holding of aband. 3,456 3,172 3,410 2,093 3,340

Late Claim for Priority
981 986 1,121 1,094 1,389
Withdraw as Attorney 5,246 6,164 6,133 5,237 5,798
Matters Not Provided For (37 CFR 1.182) 994 1,009 1,334 1,236 1,603
To Make Special 3,913 4,653 4,797 4,264 10,573
Patent Term Adjustment/Extension 608 476 1,613 28,775 2,117

Trademark matters
         
Actions on trademark petitions, total 21,755 29,703 24,747 21,852 23,133
Filing date restorations1 72 28 20 13 6
Inadvertently issued registrations 173 178 134 116 78
Letters of Protest 735 876 1,011 1,003 1,213
Madrid Petitions 19 13 21 28 46
Make special 205 121 94 225 170
Reinstatements2 575 1,249 851 563 547
Revive (reviewed on paper) 4,275 6,524 2,526 1,096 1,276
Revive (granted electronically)3 14,850 19,654 18,967 17,686 18,802
Waive fees/refunds 11 30 18 18 5
Miscellaneous Petitions to the Director 749 940 1,008 971 840
Board Matters 13 9 11 16 9
Post Registration Matters 78 81 86 117 141
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30          
Trademark petitions awaiting response 166 56 72 51 60
Trademark petitions awaiting action 117 95 3 5 2
Trademark pending filing date issues 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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