United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 29 January 2002

                 Status of Office of Public Records Services

   The Office of Public Records (OPR) processes and fills orders
for both certified and uncertified copies of Patent and Trademark
Office documents and records assignments and other documents related to
title. This is an update of actual processing times during the month of
November 2001:

Document Services                                Goal                Actual

Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                                   7 days              4 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                    17 days             10 days
Patent Related File Wrappers                  25 days             41 days*
Patent Copies                                 10 days              6 days
Patent Assignments                            10 days              5 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                                   7 days              3 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                    17 days              8 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers               25 days             31 days*
Trademark Assignments                         10 days              6 days
Trademark Registrations, Expedited             5 days              3 days
Trademark Registrations, Regular              14 days              6 days

Uncertified Documents

Expedited Patent Copies                        1 day               1 day
Regular Patent Copies                          5 days              3 days
Plant Patents                                  5 days              8 days
Patent Assignments                            10 days              3 days
Patent Related File Wrappers                  25 days             25 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies                     1 day               0 days**
Regular Trademark Copies                       5 days              2 days
Trademark Assignments                         10 days             10 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers               25 days             43 days*

*Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and
File Reconstruction.
**No orders were filled during the reporting month.

During the month of November 2001, a total of 14,926 public
orders (23,940 copies) were filled and closed, or 1,129 orders more
(14,616 copies less) than the FY-02 planning number of 13,797 orders
(38,556 copies) to be closed for this month.

Please do not submit "follow-up" or duplicate copies of
orders. Customers should use the above actual processing
time for each product as a guide as to when they can expect their
orders to be completed. In cases where an urgent deadline
is approaching, contact OPR Customer Service at (703) 308-9726 or
1 (800) 972-6382 for assistance with a particular order.

Customers are encouraged to fax orders for copies directly to the
Document Services Division at (703) 308-9759 and to pay by PTO Deposit
Account, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Copy orders
also may be placed through the Internet by accessing the PTO home page
at www.uspto.gov and selecting the "Order
Copies" option. Information on the status of pending orders may be
obtained by calling (703) 308-9726 or 1 (800) 972-6382 (outside the
Washington, DC Metro area), or via E-mail: dsd@uspto.gov.

Assignment Services

The Assignment Division is currently mailing recordation notices
for documents received in the Office of Public Records on September 28,
2001. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 62
calendar days.

December 5, 2001                                               PATRICK ROWE
                                                   Office of Public Records