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Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2009
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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 2005 - FY 2009)
Nature of Petition 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Patent matters          
Actions on patent petitions, total 44,361 41,271 51,420 51,774 51,482
Acceptance of:          
Late assignments    432    477    619    621    628
Late issue fees    938  1,195  1,787  1,819  1,792
Late priority papers     27     16      7     10     13
Access     10      5     12     12     42
Certificates of correction 27,763 23,129 28,715 26,878 25,527
Deferment of issue     21     13     20     21     20
Entity Status Change  1,289    963  1,389  1,263  1,246
Filing date  1,815  1,129  1,090    975    723
Maintenance fees  2,208  2,038  2,355  2,774  1,949
Revivals  5,190  6,075  8,279 10,339 11,478
Rule 47 (37 CFR 1.47)  2,055  1,492  1,864  1,837  2,583
Supervisory authority    131    163    137    183    347
Suspend rules    290    272    214    228    301
Withdrawal from issue  1,950  1,996  1,476  1,642  1,423
Withdrawals of holding of aband./pat. lapse    242  2,308  3,456  3,172  3,410

Late Claim for Priority
   843    788    981    986  1,121
Withdraw as Attorney      -  3,030  5,246  6,164  6,133
Matters Not Provided For (37 CFR 1.182)  1,270    961    994  1,009  1,334
To Make Special      -  2,018  3,913  4,653  4,797
Patent Term Adjustment/Extension    684    687    608    476  1,613

Trademark matters
         
Actions on trademark petitions, total 22,377 17,590 21,755 29,703 24,747
Filing date restorationsRead Footnote 11    211     65     72     28     20
Inadvertently issued registrations    181    217    173    178    134
Letters of Protest    811    722    735    876  1,011
Madrid Petitions      -     13     19     13     21
Make special    208    185    205    121     94
ReinstatementsRead Footnote 22  1,964    552    575  1,249    851
Revive (reviewed on paper) 18,134  4,379  4,275  6,524  2,526
Revive (granted electronically)Read Footnote 33      - 10,689 14,850 19,654 18,967
Waive fees/refunds     24      7     11     30     18
Miscellaneous Petitions to the DirectorRead Footnote 44    731    580    749    940  1,008
Board MattersRead Footnote 55     10     16     13      9     11
Post Registration MattersRead Footnote 66    103    165     78     81     86
Petitions awaiting action as of 9/30          
Trademark petitions awaiting response    222    275    166     56     72
Trademark petitions awaiting action    379    177    117     95      3
Trademark pending filing date issues      7     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)

4: Not reported in previous years as a consolidation line item. Represents a consolidation of Affidavits of Use and Extensions, Decision by examiner, Grant application filing date, Interferences, Record documents affecting title, Restore jurisdiction to examiner, Section 44(e) Amendment and Review Letter of Protest Decision. (back to text)

5: Not reported in previous years as a consolidation line item. Represents a consolidation of review board decisions and oppositions and extensions. (back to text)

6: Not reported in previous years as a consolidation line item. Represents a consolidation of Section 7 correction/amendment, Section 9 renewal and Section 8 or 15. (back to text)

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