United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 23 April 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
February 2002:

Document Services                          Goal           Actual

Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,            7 days          3 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,           17 days          7 days
Patent Related File Wrappers            25 days         43 days*
Patent Copies                           10 days          4 days
Patent Assignments                      10 days          5 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,         7 days          4 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,        17 days          5 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers         25 days         59 days*
Trademark Assignments                   10 days          6 days
Trademark Registrations,                 5 days          6 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          4 days
Patent Assignments                      10 days          3 days
Patent Related File Wrappers            25 days         20 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies               1 day           1 day
Regular Trademark Copies                 5 days          5 days
Trademark Assignments                   10 days          9 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers         25 days         80 days*

*Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and File

During the month of February 2002, a total of 15,079 public
orders (22,562 copies) were filled and closed, or 3,661 orders more
(1,553 copies less) than the FY-02 planning number of 11,418 orders
(24,115 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 January 11,
2002. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 48
calendar days.

                                                               PATRICK ROWE
                                                   Office of Public Records