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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2008
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TABLE 24: ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS

TABLE 24: ACTIONS ON PETITIONS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS AND TRADEMARKS
(FY 2004 - FY 2008)
Nature of Petition 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Patent matters          
Actions on patent petitions, total 46,568 44,361 41,271 51,420 51,774
Acceptance of:          
Late assignments     33    432    477    619    621
Late issue fees  1,441    938  1,195  1,787  1,819
Late priority papers  1,112     27     16      7     10
Access      -     10      5     12     12
Certificates of correction 30,406 27,763 23,129 28,715 26,878
Deferment of issue     40     21     13     20     21
Entity Status Change  1,621  1,289    963  1,389  1,263
Filing date  1,267  1,815  1,129  1,090    975
Maintenance fees  1,913  2,208  2,038  2,355  2,774
Revivals  4,400  5,190  6,075  8,279 10,339
Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47)  1,519  2,055  1,492  1,864  1,837
Supervisory authority     69    131    163    137    183
Suspend rules  1,006    290    272    214    228
Withdrawal from issue  1,451  1,950  1,996  1,476  1,642
Withdrawals of holding of aband./pat. lapse    290    242  2,308  3,456  3,172

Late Claim for Priority
   531    843    788    981    986
Withdraw as Attorney      -      -  3,030  5,246  6,164
Matters Not Provided For (37 CFR 1.182)    788  1,270    961    994  1,009
To Make Special      -      -  2,018  3,913  4,653
Patent Term Adjustment/Extension    369    684    687    608    476

Trademark matters
         
Actions on trademark petitions, total 17,791 22,377 17,590 21,755 29,703
Affidavits of Use and extensions      -      -      -      1     16
Decision by examiner     23     10     19     24     31
Filing date restorationsRead Footnote 11    270    211     65     72     28
Grant application filing date      8     17     11      4      4
Inadvertently issued registrations    220    181    217    173    178
Interferences      -      1      2      -      2
Letters of Protest    765    811    722    735    876
Madrid Petitions      -      -     13     19     13
Make special    167    208    185    205    121
Miscellaneous     74     68     81    195    190
Oppositions and extensions      1      2     10      -      4
Record documents affecting title      -      -     15      4      3
ReinstatementsRead Footnote 22  2,972  1,964    552    575   1,249
Restore jurisdiction to examiner     19      3     12     27     44
Review board decisions      5      8      6     13      5
Revive (reviewed on paper) 12,476 18,134  4,379  4,275  6,524
Revive (granted electronically)Read Footnote 33      -      - 10,689 14,850 19,654
Section 7 correction/amendment     16     20     30     29     11
Section 9 renewal     21     10     23     46     25
Section 8 or 15     86     73    112      3     45
Section 44(e) Amendment    622    629    436    488    646
Review Letter of Protest Decision      4      3      4      6      4
Waive fees/refunds     42     24      7     11     30
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30          
Trademark petitions awaiting response    253    222    275    166     56
Trademark petitions awaiting action  2,179    379    177    117     95
Trademark pending filing date issues      1      7     22      2      0

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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