Petitions regarding the filing of patent applications, revival of abandoned applications, reinstatement of expired patents, withdrawal of patent applications from issue, small entity entitlement, review of previous decisions of the Technology Centers, suspension of regulations, questions not specifically provided for by regulations, and other petitionable matters are administered by the Office of Petitions within the Office of Patent Examination Policy.

To learn more about the organization and operation of the Office of Petitions, please see the Office of Petitions page.


Patents Petitions Timeline


Petitions timeline


Access the Patents Petitions Timeline page to determine what types of petitions can be filed with the Office during each stage of the patent prosecution. The Patents Petitions Timeline provides applicants access to petitions that can be submitted during each stage of patent prosecution process and information related to each specific petition and deciding office.  Also, the timeline provides information on both the historical grant rates and the pendency of decided petitions.

Resource information and reference materials


Types of petitions handled by the Office of Petitions:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)


Announcements and upcoming events

There are currently no announcements or upcoming events for petitions.

< See Patent Examination Policy announcements.

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