Patent Examination Policy

The Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy establishes patent examination and documentation policy standards for the Commissioner for Patents. The Office also develops new rules, practices, and procedures; reviews and revises the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure; and trains examiners on legal issues. Further, the Office has been delegated authority by the Under Secretary and Director to decide patent related petitions.

To learn more about the individual offices that comprise the Patent Examination Policy organization, please visit the Patent Examination Policy organization pages.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

PATENT EXAMINATION POLICY FUNCTIONS

RESOURCE INFORMATION AND REFERENCE MATERIALS

CONTACT US

See Contact Patents for a comprehensive list of contact offices and telephone numbers.

FREQUENTLY REQUESTED SUPPORT NUMBERS

Office Toll-free Number Local Number When

USPTO Customer Support Centers -- For general patent information, Inventors Assistance Center, mailing addresses, Internet addresses, and contact information for other USPTO services.

1-800-786-9199

800-877-8339 (TTY)

571-272-1000

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

Electronic Business Center -- Customer support for electronic filing and PAIR access. Customer Numbers and digital (PKI) certificate issuance and maintenance

1-866-217-9197

571-272-4100

E-mail: ebc@uspto.gov

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

AIA (America Invents Act) 1-855-HELPAIA
(1-855-435-7242)

E-mail: HelpAIA@uspto.gov

 

""Before Filing

During Examination

Independent Inventors /
Inventors Assistance Center (IAC)

IAC: 800-PTO-9199 (800-786-9199)

800-877-8339 (TTY)

Link: Inventors Resources
Link: Inventors Assistance Center

IAC: 571-272-1000

 

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

Ombudsman Program-- When there is a breakdown in the normal application process, including before and after prosecution, the Patents Ombudsman Program can assist in getting the application back on track

1-855-559-8589 (toll free)

Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00

 

571-272-5555

or use the contact form found on the Ombudsman page

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

Office of Quality Assurance - Responsible for overall assessment and measurement of patent examination quality at the USPTO ...

For general inquiries:

571-272-1000

For specific patent applications, please contact the Ombudsman Program)

 

CONTACTING PATENT EXAMINATION POLICY

Manual of Patent Examination Policy (MPEP) ... E-mail: MPEPFeedback@uspto.gov

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

Office of Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administration (PCT Help Desk)-- Assistance with applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty

...

571-272-4300

""Before Filing

During Examination

Office of Patent Legal Administration -- Rule changes, Patent Term Adjustment & Extension, Reexamination, AIA

...

571-272-7701 (General)
571-272-7702 (PTA)
571-272-7703 (Reexamination)
571-272-7704 (AIA & special projects)

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

Office of Petitions-- Reviews and decides petitions, requests, and related inquiries, regarding the filing of patent applications

...

571-272-3282

""Before Filing

During Examination

""After Grant

 

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