United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 04 March 2003

                  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
January 2003:

Document Services                       Goal            Actual
Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed             7 days          6 days
Patent Related File Wrappers            25 days         50 days*
Patent Copies                           10 days          4 days
Patent Assignments                      10 days          8 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed          7 days          4 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers         25 days         11 days*
Trademark Assignments                   10 days          6 days
Trademark Registrations, Expedited       5 days          4 days
Trademark Registrations, Regular        14 days          4 days

Uncertified Documents

Patent Copies                            5 days          2 days
Plant Patents                            5 days          2 days
Patent Assignments                      10 days          3 days
Patent Related File Wrappers            25 days         33 days*
Trademark Copies                         5 days          2 days
Trademark Assignments                   10 days          3 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers         25 days         12 days*

*Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and
File Reconstruction.

During the month of January 2003, a total of 14,006 public orders
(19,435 copies) were filled and closed, or 2,809 orders more (4,268
copies less) than the FY-03 planning number of 11,197 orders (23,703
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.


The Assignment Services Division is currently mailing recordation
notices for paper documents received in the Office of Public Records on
October 22, 2002. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices
for paper documents is 100 calendar days.

Recordation notices for assignment documents transmitted
electronically to the Assignment Services Division are current through
receipts for January 31, 2003. The cycle time to process, record, and
return notices for electronic documents is 1 calendar day.

February 4, 2003                                     PATRICK ROWE, Director
                                                   Office of Public Records