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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 conducts quality reviews of examiners’ actions and provides support, representation, advice on technical matters relating to the International Patent Classification (IPC) System and other international documentation-related standards.  Lastly, 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

 

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RESOURCE INFORMATION AND REFERENCE MATERIALS

INITIATIVES  

    • Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Implementation
    • Accelerated Examination
    • After Final Consideration Pilot  2.0 (AFCP 2.0)
    • Complex Work Unit Program
    • First-Action Interview Pilot Program
    • New Patent Examiner Count System
    • Patent Examiner Technical Training Program
    • Patents End-to-End (PE2E) Demo (Video) Webcast of the PE2E Demo with an introduction by Director Kappos on the advantages it will bring to both examiners and applicants
    • Patents for Humanity an awards competition for patent owners and licensees
    • Redeeming a Patents for Humanity Certificate
    • Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program
    • Prioritized Examination - Track One and Prioritized Examination for RCEs
    • Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) Pilot Program
    • RCE Outreach
    • Software Partnership

EVENTS

    • Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership Conferences
    • CPC User Day (Video)  Webcast of the December 2012 CPC event undertaken by the USPTO to educate and inform external stakeholders about the CPC system
    • USPTO Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) External User Day - December 14, 2012
    • Streamlined Patent Reexamination Proceedings Roundtable

 

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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  

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

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
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)

 

 

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