Reviewing Office: Office of Petitions
Deciding Official: Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy
The criteria for general supervisory review by the Director are set forth in 37 CFR 1.181, MPEP § 1002.
In general, these are the steps for filing a petition for general supervisory review by the Director:
- A statement of the type of relief requested and the authorizing provision of statute or rules, if applicable;
- A statement of the relevant facts;
- An identification of the points that are to be reviewed; and
- The fee, where required.
Petitioner should note that under 37 CFR 1.181(f) the mere filing of a petition under 37 CFR 1.181 will not stay any period for reply that may be running against the application, nor act as a stay of other proceedings.
Any petition under 37 CFR 1.181 not filed within two-months of the mailing date of the action or notice from which relief is requested may be dismissed as untimely, except as otherwise provided. This two-month period is not extendable.
None, unless otherwise specified.
How to file:
This petition may be filed using any of these delivery methods.
For the relevant patent laws and rules applicable to petitions for general supervisory review by the Director, please see:
No form available. Submit a signed request that includes information listed in Requirements of a petition.
For further assistance, please contact the Petitions Help Desk between 8:30 AM - 5 PM (EDT).
The Federal Register is the authoritative source and should be consulted if a need arises to verify the authenticity of the language for any CFR citation.