Deciding Office: Office of Petitions
Selected types of these petitions can also be filed as ePetitions [PDF].
In general, these are the steps for filing a petition requesting revival based on unintentional delay:
- A petition requesting revival based on unintentional delay under 37 CFR 1.137 (a) must be accompanied by:
(1) the required reply, unless previously filed;
(2) the petition fee as set forth in 37 CFR 1.17(m);
(3) a statement that the entire delay in filing the required reply from the due date for the reply until the filing of a grantable petition pursuant to 37 CFR 1.137 (a) was unintentional; and
Where there is a question as to whether either the abandonment or the delay in filing a petition under 37 CFR 1.137 was unintentional, the Director may require additional information.
Terminal disclaimers are required with utility/plant application filed before June 8, 1995, and with any design application regardless of its filing date.
For the proper petition fee required for a petition requesting revival based on unintentional delay, please consult the current USPTO fee schedule on the Fees and payment page for code 1453/2453/3453 (Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity) under the Patent Petition Fees.
How to file:
Selected types of these petitions can be filed as ePetitions [PDF].
If not being filed as an ePetition, this petition may be filed using any of these delivery methods.
For the relevant patent laws and rules applicable to revival based on unintentional delay, please see:
- 37 CFR 1.17, Patent application and reexamination processing fees;
- 37 CFR 1.137, Revival of abandoned application, or terminated or limited reexamination prosecution;
- 37 CFR 1.321, Statutory disclaimers, including terminal disclaimers;
- MPEP § 711.03, Petitions relating to abandonment; and
- MPEP § 1490, Disclaimers.
For further assistance, please contact the Petitions Help Desk between 8:30 AM - 5 PM (EDT).