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* active hyperlinks in this column retrieve USPTO documents posted prior to publication in the OG or Fed. Reg.

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Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (signed 14 April 2009) [PDF]        
Continuation of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the USPTO and IP Australia (signed 13 April 2009) [PDF]        
Limited Competency of Certain International Searching Authorities With Respect to Applications Filed in the USPTO (13Mar2009)
07APR2009
   
Extension of Time for Comments on Deferred Examination for Patent Applications; Request for comments; extension of comment period (03Mar2009)
31MAR2009

09MAR2009

Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (29Jan2009)
24FEB2009
   
Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable on Deferred Examination for Patent Applications; Notice; Request for Comments (22Jan2009)
24FEB2009
28JAN2009
Notice Regarding Full Implementation of Patent Prosecution Highway Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (28Jan2009)
24FEB2009
   
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Friday, December 26, 2008 (22Dec2009)
24MAR2009
   
Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the USPTO and the CIPO (22Dec2008)
13JAN2009
   
Patent Cooperation Treaty Update (18Dec2008)
13JAN2009
   
Revised Requirements for Requesting Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program in the USPTO (Between the USPTO and the EPO) (10Dec2008))
06JAN2009
   
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals; Delay of Effective and Applicability Dates (05Dec2008)    
10DEC2008
Clarification of the Effective Date Provision in the Final Rule for Ex Parte Appeals; Interpretation and effective date clarification (20Nov2008)
02DEC2008
20NOV2008
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Final Rule (17Nov2008)
09DEC2008
17NOV2008
Fiscal Year 2009 Changes to Patent Cooperation Treaty Transmittal and Search Fees; Final Rule (12Nov2008)
09DEC2008
12NOV2008
United States Patent and Trademark Offic e Bibliographic Information on Issued Patents and Published Patent Applications (21Oct2008)
25NOV2008
   
Australian Patent Office to Act as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for International Applications Received by the USPTO (31Oct2008)
23DEC2008
   
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (21Oct2008)
18NOV2008
   
Addition of Korean Intellectual Property Office as Participating Foreign Intellectual Property Office in Electronic Exchange of Priority Documents and Further Procedural Information (14Oct2008)
11NOV2008
   
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Final Rule; Correction (09Oct2008)
31MAR2009

09OCT2008

Arrangement between IP Australia and the United States Patent and Trademark Office Concerning Action of the Australian Patent Office as an International Searching Authority and Preliminary Examining Authority under the Patent Cooperation International Treaty for Certain International Applications Received by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (24Sep2008)
23DEC2008
   
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office (22Sep2008)
21OCT2008
   
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (18Sep2008)
14OCT2008
   
Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program Between the USPTO and the UKIPO (29Aug2008)
18NOV2008
   
Duplicate Copy of Forms for Fee Processing No Longer Required (27Aug2008)
23SEP2008
   
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Final Rule (14Aug2008)
09SEP2008
14AUG2008
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2009: Final Rule (14Aug2008)
02SEP2008
14AUG2008
Changes to Practice for Documents Submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Notice of proposed rulemaking (06Aug2008)
07OCT2008
06AUG2008
Scope of Foreign Filing Licenses, Notice (23Jul2008)
19AUG2008
23JUL2008
Extension and Expansion of Pilot Concerning Public Submission of Peer Reviewed Prior Art (17Jul2008)
12AUG2008
   
"Triway" Pilot Program among the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, and the Japan Patent Office (14Jul2008)
05AUG2008
   
Fiscal Year 2009 Changes to Patent Cooperation Treaty Transmittal and Search Fees, Notice of proposed rulemaking; correction (02Jul2008)
29JUL2008
02JUL2008
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (17Jun2008)
15JUL2008
   
Fiscal Year 2009 Changes to Patent Cooperation Treaty Transmittal and Search Fees, Notice of proposed rulemaking (18Jun2008)
15JUL2008
18JUN2008
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals; Final Rule (10Jun2008)
01JUL2008
10JUN2008
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2009, Proposed rule (29May2008 )
24JUN2008
03JUN2008
Notice of Town Hall Meeting on the Protection of Industrial Designs (signed 28 May 2008) [PDF]        
Notice of Complex Work Unit Pilot Program Request for Voluntary Submission of Electronic Complex Work Unit Files (14Apr2008)
06MAY2008
   
Patent Cooperation Treaty Update (31Mar2008)
22APR2008
   
WEB CAST RE: PUBLIC PAIR AND DATA-MINING REQUESTS WEB CAST (31Mar2008)
[more information]
22APR2008
   
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the IP Australia (31Mar2008)
22APR2008
   
First Action Interview Pilot Program (24Mar2008)
22APR2008
   
Change in Procedure for Requests to Withdraw from Representation In a Patent Application (13Mar2008)
08APR2008
   
Examination of Patent Applications That Include Claims Containing Alternative Language; Proposed rule, request for comment on initial regulatory flexibility analysis (10Mar2008)
01APR2008
10MAR2008
Signatures No Longer Provided on Outgoing Correspondence from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (18Mar2008)
18MAR2008
   
Revision to the Time for Filing of a Biological Deposit and the Date of Availability of a Biological Deposit, Notice of proposed rulemaking (20Feb2008)
18MAR2008
20FEB2008
Termination of the United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (15Feb2008)
11MAR2008
   
Enhancement of Priority Document Exchange Program and USPTO Declaration Form (13Feb2008)
11MAR2008
   
New Route Pilot Project between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office (24Jan2008)
29JUL2008
   
Duty of Disclosure Language Set Forth in Oaths or Declarations Filed in Nonprovisional Patent Applications (22Jan2008)
12FEB2008
   
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (14Jan2008)
05FEB2008
   
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (14Jan2008)
05FEB2008
   
Revised Requirements for Requesting Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program in the USPTO (Between the USPTO and the UK IPO) (14Jan2008)
05FEB2008
   
Notice Regarding Full Implementation of Patent Prosecution Highway Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office (signed 28 December 2007)
04MAR2008
   
Change in Publication Format of Patent and Trademark Office Notices and Changes in Display of Patent and Trademark Office Notices Electronic Official Gazette (signed 18 December 2007)
29JAN2008
26DEC2007
New Certification Requirements regarding the Export Administration Regulations in EFS-Web and Private PAIR (29 November 2007)
08JAN2008
   
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Monday, December 24, 2007 (signed 14 December 2007)
08JAN2008
   
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (signed 25 October 2007)
20NOV2007
   
April 2007 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Procedures, Final rule; correction (11Oct2007)
06NOV2007
11OCT2007

Clarification of the Transitional Provisions Relating to Continuing Applications and Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct Claims (signed 10 October 2007)

06NOV2007
   
Examination Guidelines for Determining Obviousness Under 35 U.S.C. 103 in View of the Supreme Court Decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. (10Oct2007) [more information]
06NOV2007
10OCT2007
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year
2007, Final rule; correction (28Sep2007)
23OCT2007
28SEP2007
April 2007 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Procedures, Final rule (10Sep2007)
02OCT2007
10SEP2007
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (signed 30 August 2007)
25SEP2007
   
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year
2007, Final Rule (22Aug2007)
28AUG2007
22AUG2007
Changes To Practice for Continued Examination Filings, Patent Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct Claims, and Examination of Claims in Patent Applications, Final rule (21Aug2007) [more information]
11SEP2007
21AUG2007
Electronic Signatures and Initials by Office Personnel Permitted in Application, Patent, and Reexamination Proceeding Matters (signed 20 August 2007)
11SEP2007
   
Electronic Transfer of Priority Documents to the International Bureau (signed 13 August 2007)
04SEP2007
   
Examination of Patent Applications That Include Claims Containing Alternative Language, Notice of proposed rule making (10Aug2007)
04SEP2007
10AUG2007
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals (30 July 2007)
21AUG2007
30JUL2007
Addition of Japan Patent Office as Participating Foreign Intellectual Property Office in Electronic Exchange of Priority Documents (signed 10 July 2007)
31JUL2007
   
Patent Cooperation Treaty Update (signed 28 June 2007; effective 01Aug2007)
24JUL2007
   
Extension of the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the USPTO and the JPO (signed 27 June 2007)
24JUL2007
   
USPTO to Cease Supplying Paper Copies of Cited U.S. Patent References in International Applications
03JUL2007
   
Simplification of the Electronic Exchange of Priority Documents (signed 04 June 2007)
26JUN2007
   
Pilot Concerning Public Submission of Peer Reviewed Prior Art (signed 04 June 2007)
26JUN2007
   
Electronic Notification of Outgoing Correspondence (e-Office Action) Update (signed 04 June 2007)
26JUN2007
   
Revised Requirements for Requesting Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program in the USPTO (signed 17 May 2007)
12JUN2007
   
Electronic Exchange of Priority Documents (signed 23 April 2007)
15MAY2007
   
Revisions and Technical Corrections Affecting Requirements for Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination, Final rule (16 April 2007)
08MAY2007
16APR2007
Interim Procedures For Implementing The April 1, 2007, Changes To The Regulations Under The Patent Cooperation Treaty And Status Of Proposed Fee Changes (signed 30 March 2007)
20NOV2007
   
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Supplemental notice of proposed rule making (28Feb2007)
27MAR2007
28FEB2007
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 (signed 28 February 2007)
27MAR2007
   
Examination of Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide Sequences (signed 22 February 2007)
27MAR2007
   
April 2007 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Procedures, Notice of proposed rule making (16Feb2007)
13MAR2007
16FEB2007
Change in Procedure for Handling Nonprovisional Applications Having Omitted Items (signed 29 January 2007)
20FEB2007
   
Changes to Facilitate Electronic Filing of Patent Correspondence, Final rule (23Jan2007)
13FEB2007
23JAN2007
Changes to Implement Priority Document Exchange Between Intellectual Property Offices, Final rule (16Jan2007)
13FEB2007
16JAN2007
Registration of patent attorneys and agents,OED Proposed and Revised Proposed Rules (12Feb2007) [PDF]        
Revised Requirements for Requesting Participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program in the USPTO (signed 03 January 2007)
30JAN2007
   
Electronic Notification of Outgoing Correspondence (e-Office Action) (signed 19 December 2006)
16JAN2007
   
Business Size Standard for Purposes of United States Patent and Trademark Office Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Patent-Related Regulations, Notice (20Nov2006)
12DEC2006
20NOV2006
Changes to Eliminate the Disclosure Document Program, Final rule (03Nov2006)
28NOV2006
03NOV2006

Notice of Clarification of Office Policy To Exercise Discretion in Reexamining Fewer Than All the Patent Claims (signed 05Oct2006)

31OCT2006
   
Retirement of Electronic Filing System - Application Body Extensible Markup Language (EFS-ABX) and Electronic Packaging and Validation Engine (ePAVE) Components (signed 28Sep2006)
24OCT2006
   
Clarification of Filing Date Requirements for Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination Proceedings, Final rule (04Aug2006)
29AUG2006
04AUG2006
Changes To Information Disclosure Statement Requirements and Other Related Matters (10Jul2006) [more information]
01AUG2006
10JUL2006
Size Standard for Purposes of United States Patent and Trademark Office Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for Patent-Related Regulations (06Jul2006)
01AUG2006
06JUL2006
Revision of the Notice of Allowance and Fee(s) Due Form (PTOL-85) Concerning a Previously Paid Issue Fee [signed 12Jun2006] (30Jun2006)
11JUL2006
   
Changes to Practice for Petitions in Patent Applications To Make Special and for Accelerated Examination, Notice (26Jun2006)
18JUL2006
26JUN2006
Request for Comments on Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility, Request for comments; extension of comment period (14Jun2006)
11JUL2006
14JUN2006
Notice of Recent Amendment to Filing Receipt Adding Indication Regarding Request to Retrieve Priority Application (signed 22May006)
13JUN2006
   
Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Japan Patent Office (signed 22May2006) (24May2006)
13JUN2006
   
Request for Comments on Patents Search Templates (16May2006)
06JUN2006
16MAY2006
Changes to Eliminate the Disclosure Document Program, Notice of proposed rule making (06Apr2006)
02MAY2006
06APR2006
Revisions and Technical Corrections Affecting Requirements for Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination, Notice of proposed rulemaking (30Mar2006)
25APR2006
30MAR2006
Patent Cooperation Treaty Update (signed 17Mar2006; effective 01Apr2006)
11APR2006
   
Changes to Implement the Patent Search Fee Refund Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (10Mar2006)
04APR2006
10MAR2006
Clarification of Filing Date Requirements for Ex Parte and Inter Partes Reexamination Proceedings, Interim rule (23Feb2006)
21MAR2006
23FEB2006
Electronic Processing of Information Disclosure Statement [signed 24Jan2006]
21FEB2006
   
Extension of the Pilot Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Program [signed 10Jan2006]
07FEB2006
   
Changes to Practice for the Examination of Claims in Patent Applications, Notice of proposed rule making (03Jan2006) [more information]
24JAN2006
03JAN2006
Changes to Practice for Continuing Applications, Requests for Continued Examination Practice, and Applications Containing Patentably Indistinct Claims, Notice of proposed rule making (03Jan2006) [more information]
24JAN2006
03JAN2006
Korean Intellectual Property Office to Act as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority for International Applications Received by the USPTO (signed 22Dec2005) (includes text of signed agreement)
17JAN2006
   
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (signed 02Nov2005) [PDF]        
Interim Guidelines for Examination of Patent Applications for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (signed 26Oct2005)
22NOV2005
   
Executive Summary --- Search Template Project (signed 26Oct2005)
22NOV2005
   
Revised Procedure for Preliminary Amendments Presented on Filing of a Patent Application (signed 11Oct2005)
08NOV2005
   
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (signed 27Sep2005)
25OCT2005
   
Provisions for Claiming the Benefit of a Provisional Application With a Non-English Specification and Other Miscellaneous Matters, Final rule (26Sep2005)
25OCT2005
26SEP2005
Updated Lists of Exceptions to the Centralized Delivery and Facsimile Transmission Policy for Patent Related Correspondence (signed 19Sep2005)
18OCT2005
   
Search and Examination of International Applications Filed Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (signed 19Sep2005)
25OCT2005
   
Office Actions and Notice of Allowances Previously Mailed to Areas of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Affected by Hurricane Katrina (signed 15Sep2005) (This notice supercedes the one that was signed 09/14/05)
11OCT2005
   
Changes To Implement the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement Act of 2004, Final rule (14Sep2005) [more information]
08NOV2005
14SEP2005
Petitions to Accept a Delayed Patent Maintenance Fee Payment where Non-Payment was due to the Effects of Hurricane Katrina (signed 09Sep2005)
04OCT2005
   

United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. 21(a) (signed 02September2005)

27SEP2005
   
Reciprocal Access to and Usage of Documents in Application Files of Trilateral Offices (signed 29August2005)
20SEP2005
   
Notice of Availability of and Request for Comments on Green Paper Concerning Restriction Practice    
05AUG2005
New Interference Search Procedure (signed 21June2005)
19JUL2005
   
Revised Procedure for Recording Search and Information Printed on the Face of Patent under the Heading "Field of Search" (signed 21June2005)
19JUL2005
   

Special Mail Stops for Patent Mail (posted 12July2005)

[The changes to this notice pertain to the pilot program for a pre-appeal brief conference, and a paper requesting such a conference is added to the examples of appropriate papers that may be addressed to Mail Stop AF. In addition, the updated fax number and the URL for submitting an assignment to the Office for recordation is provided.]

02AUG2005
   
Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Pilot Program (posted 12July2005)
12JUL2005
   
New Patents Central FAX Number and Updated Lists of Exceptions to the Centralized Delivery and Facsimile Transmission Policy for Patent Related Correspondence (signed 20June2005)
12JUL2005
   
Changes To Implement the Patent Search Fee Refund Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Notice of proposed rulemaking
12JUL2005
21JUN2005
Acceptance, Processing, Use and Dissemination of Chemical and Three-Dimensional Biological Structural Data in Electronic Format
12JUL2005
21JUN2005
Revision of Search and Examination Fees for Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications Entering the National Stage in the United States

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12JUL2005
20JUN2005
Acceptance of Certain Non-Compliant Amendments Under 37 CFR 1.121(c) (signed 06June2005)
05JUL2005
   
Notice of Availability of and Request for Comments on Green Paper Concerning Restriction Practice
28JUN2005
06JUN2005
Changes to the Practice for Handling Patent Applications Filed Without the Appropriate Fees, Final Rule
21JUN2005
26MAY2005
Finance Customer Window to Permanently Close (signed 13May2005)
07JUN2005
   
Changes to the Transitional Procedures for Limited Examination After Final Rejection in Certain Applications Filed Before June 8, 1995, Notice
   
06MAY2005
Provisions for Persons Granted Limited Recognition To Prosecute Patent Applications and Other Miscellaneous Matters, Notice of proposed rulemaking
03MAY2005
07APR2005

Special Mail Stops for Patent Mail (posted 10Mar2005)

[The changes to this notice pertain to the elimination of filing an expedited Design application by hand-delivery to the Design Group Director's Office, move of Licensing and Review on April 1, 2005; the elimination of Box or Mail Stop 4 in 37 CFR 150.6 and its replacement with Mail Stop Congressional Relations, and the move of the Office of Finance to Suite 807.]

05APR2005
   
Correspondence With the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Final rule    
04MAR2005
Contact for Matters Relating to Suggesting Interferences under 37 CFR § 41.202(a) (signed 08Mar2005)
29MAR2005
   
Updated Notice of Centralized Delivery and Facsimile Transmission Policy for Patent Related Correspondence, and Exceptions Thereto (signed 02Mar2005)
29MAR2005
   
Termination of the Waiver of Provisions of 37 CFR 1.8 and 1.10 for Correspondence Intended for the United States Patent and Trademark Office but Addressed to Washington, DC 20231 (signed 01Mar2005) [Effective 4 April 2005]
29MAR2005
   
Changes to the Practice for Handling Patent Applications Filed Without the Appropriate Fees, Notice of proposed rulemaking
22MAR2005
28FEB2005
Notice of Changes in Requirement for a Substantial New Question of Patentability for a Second or Subsequent Request for Reexamination While an Earlier Filed Reexamination is Pending (signed 02Feb2005)
01MAR2005
   
Revision of Search and Examination Fees for Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications Entering the National Stage in the United States, Interim rule [more information]
01MAR2005
01FEB2005
Changes To Implement the Patent Fee Related Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Final Rule [more information]
22FEB2005
27JAN2005
Interpretation of 37 CFR §§ 11.7(d)(2) and (d)(3) (signed 13Jan2005)
15FEB2005
   
Changes To Implement the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement Act of 2004, Interim rule [more information]
08FEB2005
11JAN2005
Relocation of Customer Service Windows for Patent-Related Correspondence; Establishment of Drop Box in South Tower for Certain Patent-Related Correspondence;
Hand Carry and Mailing Address for Trademark-Related Correspondence (signed 12Jan2005)
01FEB2005
   

Special Mail Stops for Patent Mail (posted 1Jan2005)

[Summary of changes: Effective January 14, 2005, the Customer Window Address is changing; Mail Stop 4 to be forwarded to Mail Stop Congressional Relations]

25JAN2005
   
Changes to Patent Fees Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 (24Nov2004) (posted 7Dec2004) [more information]    
07DEC2004
Termination of United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) [signed 03 November 2004] (posted 09Nov2004)
30NOV2004
   
Most Publicly Available Provisional Applications Can Now be Viewed Over the Internet (signed 29Oct2004)
23NOV2004
   
Update On TC1600 Restriction Practice Action Plan (posted 29Oct2004) [Training Materials] [PDF] [Green Paper] (3Jun2005)        
Special Mail Stops for Patent Mail (posted 8Oct2004)
02NOV2004
   
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency under 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) (signed 27Sep2004)
19OCT2004
   
Waiver of the Copy Requirement in 37 CFR 1.98 for Cited Pending U.S. Patent Applications (signed 21Sep2004) [more information]
19OCT2004
   
Changes To Support Implementation of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 21st Century Strategic Plan (final rule)(21Sep2004) [more information] (posted 1Oct2004)
12OCT2004
21SEP2004
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2005    
27AUG2004
Legal Framework for the Use of the Electronic Filing System (posted 9/17/04)
14SEP2004
   
Clarification of the Effective Date Provision in the Rules of Practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (Final Rule) (signed 10Sept2004) [more information]
12OCT2004
   
Replacement Notice: Copies of Patent Application Records will be Provided in both Electronic and Paper Form (3Sept2004)
28SEP2004
   
Disconnection of Voice Response Systems for Deposit Account and Patent Maintenance Fee Information
24AUG2004
   
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (final rule) (12Aug2004) [more information]
07SEP2004
12AUG2004
All Electronic Copies of Patent Application Records Will Now Be Provided as Certified Copies in Electronic Form (signed 30 July 2004)
24AUG2004
   
Elimination of Credit Cards as Payment for Replenishing Deposit Accounts (posted 3Augl2004)
17AUG2004
22JUL2004
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (24 June 2004)
16NOV2004
24JUN2004
Explanation of 37 CFR 1.703(f) and of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Interpretation of 35 U.S.C. 154(b)(2)(A) (21 June 2004)
13JUL2004
21JUN2004
Maintenance Fee Statements are No Longer being Mailed for Maintenance Fees Paid over the Internet (posted 16 June 2004)
15JUN2004
   
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Friday, June 11, 2004 (signed 10 June 2004)
20JUL2004
   
Oversized Postcards Must Be Submitted With Sufficient Postage (signed 01 June 2004)
29JUN2004
   
Elimination of Post Office Box in Arlington, Virginia for Patent Related Correspondence (signed 01 June 2004)
29JUN2004
   
Untimely Filing of Petitions under 37 CFR 1.181(a) to Withdraw Holdings of Abandonment (signed 27 May 2004)
22JUN2004
   
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2005 (posted 01 June 2004)
01JUN2004
   
Revision of Power of Attorney and Assignment Practice (26 May 2004) [more information] (posted 12 July 2004)
22JUN2004
26MAY2004
New Address for Customer Window which is Used for Patent Mail Not Delivered by USPS (signed 13 May 2004)
01JUN2004
   
Revised Procedures for Express Abandonments (signed 27 April 2004)
25MAY2004
   
Request for Alert Concerning Submitted Petitions (signed 24 April 2004)
18MAY2004
   
Special Mail Stops for Patent Mail (posted 28 April 2004)
25MAY2004
   
Establishment of Mail Stop Post Issue; Revision and Deletion of Certain Mail Stops (signed 27 April 2004)
25MAY2004
   
USPTO to Provide Electronic Access to Cited U.S. Patent References with Office Actions and Cease Supplying Paper Copies (signed 22 April 2004)

18MAY2004
   
Notice that Lengthy Tables will be Published Differently in Patents, Statutory Invention Registrations and Patent Application Publications And Notice of Pilot Program With Respect to Lengthy Tables (signed 26 April 2004)
18MAY2004
   
Establishment of New Mail Stop L&R; FAX Number for Requests for Expedited Foreign Filing License (signed 23 April 2004)
18MAY2004
   
Reminder of the Proper Procedure for Filing Confidential Information Pursuant to MPEP 724.02 (signed 23 April 2004)
18MAY2004
   
Revision of Patent Term Extension and Patent Term Adjustment Provisions, Final rule (22APR2004)
18MAY2004
22APR2004
Notice of Pilot Program to Permit Pre-First Office Action Interview for Applications Assigned to Art Units 3624 and 3628 and Request for Comments on Pilot Program (signed 30 March 2004)
27APR2004
   
Patent Application Publications May Now Include Amendments (signed 16 March 2004)
13APR2004
   
Advance Notice of Change to MPEP 605.04(b), (c) and (f) - Application Data Sheets Are Strongly Recommended When Inventor Information is Changed (signed (16 March 2004)
13APR2004
   
Revised Procedures for Papers Requiring Immediate Attention [signed 26 February 2004]
23MAR2004
   
Waiver of 37 CFR1.312 for Documents Required by the Office of Patent Publication [signed 24 February 2004]
23MAR2004
   
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Notice of extension of comment period [posted 25 March 2004]
16MAR2004
03MAR2004
Revised Procedures for Papers Requiring Immediate Attention (Hand-carried and Facsimile Transmissions)[signed 02 February 2004]
24FEB2004
   
Copies of File Contents Available on Compact Disc Partial Waiver of 37 CFR 1.19(b) (signed 18 December 2003)
27JAN2004
   
Changes to Implement the 2002 Inter Partes Reexamination and Other Technical Amendments to the Patent Statute; Final rule (posted 30 December 2003)
20JAN2004
22DEC2003
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Friday, December 26, 2003 [signed 22 December 2003] (posted 23 December 2003)
20JAN2004
   
Changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Notice of proposed rule making (12Dec2003)
06JAN2004

68 Fed. Reg. 69442 [PDF]
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12DEC2003
Modification to Temporary Postponement of Electronic Filing and Payment Rules for Certain Madrid Protocol-Related Rules (posted 09 December 2003)
02DEC2003
   
Notice Concerning European Patent Office Competence to Act as a Patent Cooperation Treaty Authority (posted 09 January 2004)
30DEC2003
   
Revision of Patent Term Extension and Patent Term Adjustment Provisions Related to Decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; Notice of proposed rule making (posted 04 December 2003)
30DEC2003
04DEC2003
January 2004 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Application Procedure; Final Rule and correction to Final Rule (posted 04 December 2003)
30DEC2003
04DEC2003
Notice of Office Plan to Cease Supplying Copies of Cited U.S. Patent References With Office Actions, and Pilot to Evaluate The Alternative of Providing Electronic Access to Such U.S. Patent References (signed 01 December 2003)
23DEC2003
   
Rules of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; Notice of proposed rule making (posted 28 November 2003)
23DEC2003
26NOV2003
Emergency Closure of the Customer Service Window On Friday, October 10, 2003 (signed 22 October 2003)
18NOV2003
   
Correspondence Filed By Individuals Whose Names Have Been Removed From The Register Pursuant to 37 CFR 10.11(b) (signed 17 October 2003)
11NOV2003
   
January 2004 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Application Procedure; Final Rule (posted 20 October 2003)
11NOV2003
20OCT2003
Centralized Delivery and Facsimile Transmission Requirements for Patent Application Related Correspondence [signed 01 October 2003] (posted 03 October 2003)
28OCT2003
   
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, September 18, 2003, and Friday, September 19, 2003 [signed 23 September 2003] (posted 25 September 2003)
21OCT2003
   

Changes To Support Implementation of the United States Patent and Trademark Office 21st Century Strategic Plan (Notice of Proposed Rule Making) (posted 12 September 2003; updated 09 December 2003) [Summary [PDF]] [Comments] [Slideset] [text version][Download Zipped Full Version]

07OCT2003 
12SEPT2003
Revision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Seal; Notice; Revision of agency seal. (posted 11 September 2003)    
02SEPT2003
Reorganization of Correspondence and Other General Provisions; Final Rule (posted 11 September 2003)    
13AUG2003
Notice of Availability of the
Patent and Trademark Assignments on the Web System on the United States Patent and Trademark Office Web Site
26AUG2003
   
United States Postal Service Interruptions and Emergency Terminated [signed 19 August 2003] (posted 20 August 2003)
16SEP2003
   
United States Postal Service Interruptions (posted 15 August 2003)
16SEP2003
   
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2004 (signed 7 July 2003)
05AUG2003
   
USPTO Will Mail Copies of All Cited References (signed 11 July 2003)
05AUG2003
   
Customer Number Bar Code Labels and Papers with Shaded Portions will No Longer be Permitted in Correspondence for Patent Applications (signed 15 July 2003)
16SEP2003
   
Amendments Permitted under the Revised Amendment Practice
and Treatment of Non-Compliant Amendments(signed 11 July 2003)
23SEP2003
   
Transactional Patent Customer Service Survey (posted 11 July 2003)        
Consolidated Listing of Patents Extended Under 35 U.S.C. 156(e)(1) (signed 30 June 2003)
29JUL2003
   
Effective Date 30 July 2003! Changes To Implement Electronic Maintenance of Official Patent Application Records; Final rule. [more information]
29JUL2003
30JUN2003
Clarification of Power of Attorney Practice, and Revisions to Assignment Rules; Notice of proposed rule making
29JUL2003
27JUN2003
Notice of Elimination of Batch Update Practice to Change Power of Attorney (signed 05 June 2003)
01JUL2003
   
Revised Guidelines for Usage of Previously Cited/Considered Prior Art In Reexamination Proceedings (signed 06 June 2003)
01JUL2003
   

Clarification of the United States
Patent and Trademark Office's
Interpretation of the Provisions of 35 U.S.C. § 122(b)(2)(B)(ii)-(iv) (signed 05 June 2003)

01JUL2003
   
January 2004 Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Application Procedure; Notice of proposed rule making
24JUN2003
30MAY2003
Elimination of Continued Prosecution Application Practice as to Utility and Plant Patent Applications; Final Rule
24JUN2003
30MAY2003
Notification of United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Application Records being Stored and Processed in Electronic Form (signed 21 May 2003)
17JUN2003
   
Request for Comments on the Study of the Changes Needed To Implement a Unity of Invention Standard in the United States; Notice; request for comments [Summary of Comments [PDF]]
17JUN2003
20MAY2003
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2004; Notice of proposed rule making    
30APR2003
Changes To Implement the 2002 Inter Partes Reexamination and Other Technical Amendments to the Patent Statute; Notice of proposed rule making
20MAY2003
28APR2003
Patent Customers Advised to FAX Communications to USPTO (posted 24 April 2003)
27MAY2003
   
Correspondence with the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Final rule; correction
29JUL2003
21APR2003
Reminder that Rescission of a Nonpublication Request is Not Itself a Notice of Foreign Filing (signed 11 April 2003)
06MAY2003
   
Third Party Attempts to Protest or Otherwise Oppose the Grant of a Published Application [PDF] (signed 21 March 2003)
22APR2003
   
Special Mail Stops for Patent and Trademark Mail(posted 25 March 2003) [Address change effective 01 May 2003] (appears each week in the published OG Notices)
10JUN2003
   
Correspondence with the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Final rule; nomenclature change [Flyer] [Address change effective 01 May 2003]
22APR2003
25MAR2003
Changes To Implement Electronic Maintenance of Official Patent Application Records; Notice of proposed rule making
22APR2003
25MAR2003
Claiming the Benefit of a Prior-Filed Application under 35 U.S.C. §§ 119(e), 120, 121, and 365(c) [PDF] (signed 24 February 2003) [slideset] [text version]
18MAR2003
   

Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 (signed 24 February 2003)

25MAR2003

   

Amendments in a Revised Format Now Permitted (signed 31 January 2003) [more information]

25FEB2003
   

Mitigation of Delays in Mail Deliveries to the USPTO (signed 08 November 2001)

       
Examination Guidelines for 35 U.S.C. § 102(e), as amended by the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999, and further amended by the Intellectual Property and High Technology Technical Amendments Act of 2002, and 35 U.S.C. § 102(g) (Revised) [PDF](signed 11 December 2002)
[text version][more information]
14JAN2003
   
Discontinuance of Attestation of Signature of Director on Patents and Certificates of Correction (posted 03 December 2002)
03DEC2002
   
Certain Fees to be Adjusted to reflect fluctuations in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)(signed 04 November 2002).
26NOV2002
   
USPTO Announces Prototype of Image Processing (signed 19 November 2002)
17DEC2002
   

Notice of Publication of a 2002 Annual Index to the Electronic Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office - Patents (eOG:P)(signed 23 September 2002)

29OCT2002
   
Notice of Change in Free Publication Format for the General Requirements Bulletin for Registration Examination and the
Examination Questions and Answers (signed 20 September 2002)
22OCT2002
   
New Fee Code Structure Effective October 1, 2002 (signed 18 September 2002)
15OCT2002
   
USPTO No Longer Offers Interim Procedures for Submissions on Compact Disc (signed 13 September 2002)
15OCT2002
   
Legal Framework for the Use of the Electronic Filing System (signed 9/09/02)
08OCT2002
   
Notice of No Increase in Patent Fees on October 1, 2002 (signed 27 September 2002)
       
Electronic Submission of
Information Disclosure Statements (signed 20 August 2002)
17SEP2002
   
Expedited Issuance of Certificates of Correction when the Error is Attributable to the USPTO (signed 21 July 2002)
17SEP2002
   
Temporary Office Problems in Routing of Some Correspondence Transmitted By Facsimile (signed 10 July 2002)
06AUG2002
   
Notice of Change in Publication Format for the Official Gazette of the USPTO - Patents (23 July 2002)
13AUG2002
23JUL2002
Customer Number Required in order to Establish a Fee Address (signed 11 July 2002)
06AUG2002
   

Notice of Revised Appeal Docketing Procedures at BPAI

02JUL2002
   
Amendment of Rule Regarding Filing of Trademark Correspondence via "Express Mail" (23 May 2002)
18JUN2002
23MAY2002
Revision of Patent and Trademark Fees for Fiscal Year 2003
04JUN2002
07MAY2002
Establishment of Box CONVERSION (posted 14 June 2002)
11JUN2002
   
Processing of Papers Filed after Allowance of an Application (signed 01 April 2002)
30APR2002
   
Legal Framework for the Use of the Electronic Filing System (posted 30 May 2002)
21APR2002
   
Lack of Response to Survey
by Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
02APR2002
   
Patent Applications submitted to the USPTO between September 11, 2001 and December 1, 2001 via the United States Postal Service (signed 11 March 2002)        
Notice Regarding Modification of Time Limits Fixed in Article 22(1)(signed 05 March 2002)
09APR2002
   
Clarification of Notice Concerning EPO Competence to Act as a PCT Authority(signed 05 March 2002)
09APR2002
   
Notice Concerning EPO Competence to Act as a PCT Authority (signed 16 January 2002)
19FEB2002
   
Memos Regarding Mail Delays from Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy to TC Directors (15 February 2002)        
Letter from Commissioner of Patents Godici to Registered Practitioners (signed 16 January 2002)        
Treatment of Amendments that if Entered Would Cancel All of the Claims in an Application (signed 09 January 2002)
05FEB2002
   
Revision of the Time Limit for National Stage Commencement in the United States for Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications
29JAN2002
04JAN2002
New "10" Series for Patent Applications (signed 31 December 2001)
29JAN2002
   
Patent Term Adjustment Determinations in Notices of Allowance Mailed Between November 13, 2001 and December 23, 2001(signed 31 December 2001)
29JAN2002
   
Processing of, and Requirements for, the Filing of Duplicate Applications and Papers in Patent Applications in view of USPS Mail Delays(signed 20 Decmeber 2001)
15JAN2002
   
Requirements for Claiming the Benefit of Prior-Filed Applications Under Eighteen-Month Publication of Patent Applications; Final rule(signed 19 December 2001)
22JAN2002
28DEC2001
Payment of the Issue Fee and Filing Related Correspondence by Facsimile(signed 19 December 2001)
15JAN2002
   
Payment of Patent Maintenance Fees over the Internet(signed 19 December 2001)
01JAN2002
   
Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Monday, December 24, 2001(signed 31 December 2001)
08JAN2002
   
Notice Concerning Deposit Account Replenishments (signed 11 December 2001)        
Termination of the Suspension of the "Express Mail" Service of United States Postal Service for mail addressed to ZIP Codes 202xx through 205xx
01JAN2002
   
Questions and Answers Concerning the Suspension of the "Express Mail" Service of United States Postal Service for mail addressed to ZIP Codes 202xx through 205xx(posted 05 December 2001)        
Suspension of the "Express Mail" Service of United States Postal Service for mail addressed to ZIP Codes 202xx through 205xx

1253 OG 103

1254 OG 33

25DEC2001

01JAN2002

   
USPTO Changes Address for Patent Express Mail (press release 21 November 2001)        
United States Postal Service Interruptions and Emergency Terminated
20NOV2001
   
Revision of the Notice of Allowance Form
20NOV2001
   
Instructions for Completing PDF Fillable Patent Forms        
Notice Concerning Safety of USPTO Mailings - UPDATE
13NOV2001
   
Notice Concerning Safety of USPTO Mailings
06NOV2001
   
Use of a Post Card as a Receipt for Correspondence in Patent-Related Matters
06NOV2001
   
USPTO Tests Negative for Anthrax(posted 05 November 2001)        
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency
09OCT2001
   
Pre-Grant Publication Helpful Hint: File Continuation or Divisional Application with a New Specification and Copy of Oath or Declaration from Prior Application
09OCT2001
   
Legal Processes; Final Rule
1251 OG 50
09OCT2001
12SEP2001
Requirements for Claiming the Benefit of Prior-Filed Applications Under Eighteen-Month Publication of Patent Applications; Proposed Rule
02OCT2001
05SEP2001
Timing of National Stage Commencement in the United States for Patent Cooperation Treaty Applications; Temporary Rule
25SEP2001
30AUG2001
Notice of Request for Comments on Development of a Plan To Remove the Patent and Trademark Classified Paper Files From the Public Search Facilities; Notice and Request for Comments
1250 OG 137
25SEP2001
27AUG2001
Interpretation of Registration of Agents and Representative for Director of Enrollment and Discipline in Disciplinary Proceedings; Interpretation of regulation
1250 OG 105
18SEP2001
24AUG2001
Emergency Closure - September 11, 2001        
Notice of Change in Publishing of Patents and Patent Application Publications with Sequence Listings
1250 OG 70
11SEP2001
   
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2002; Final Rule (Ed Note: New address for maintenance fees)
28AUG2001
   
Time Period for Paying Publication Fee if a Request for Continued Examination is Filed After a Notice of Allowance is Mailed
1249 OG 81
21AUG2001
   
Helpful Hints Regarding Publication of Patent Applications
1249 OG 83
21AUG2001
   
Elimination of Continued Prosecution Application Practice as to Utility and Plant Patent Applications, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
1248 OG 167
31JUL2001
09JUL2001
Interim Practice of Mailing a Notice of Publication Fee Due Separate From the Notice of Allowance
1248 OG 166
31JUL2001
   
Electronic Publication of Certificates of Correction on the USPTO Web site with Later Listing in the Official Gazette
1248 OG 167
31JUL2001
   
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2002; Notice of proposed rulemaking; correction
1248 OG 18
03JUL2001
08JUN2001
Notification of Required and Optional Search Criteria for Computer Implemented Business Method Patent Applications in Class 705, and Request for Comments, Notice of request for public comments
1247 OG 103
26JUN2001
05JUN2001
Clarification of 37 CFR 1.704(c)(10) - Reduction of Patent Term Adjustment for Certain Types of Papers Filed After a Notice of Allowance has been Mailed
1247 OG 111
26JUN2001
   
Revision of Patent Cooperation Treaty Application Procedure; Correction, Final rule; correction.
1247 OG 74
19JUN2001
   
Revision of Patent Fees for Fiscal Year 2002; Notice of proposed rulemaking
1246 OG 156
29MAY2001
09MAY2001
Changes to the Time Period for Making any Necessary Deposit of Biological Material; Final rule
1246 OG 42
22MAY2001
27APR2001
Interim Waiver of Parts of 37 CFR 1.84 and 1.165, and Delay in the Enforcement of the Change in 37 CFR 1.84(e) to No Longer Permit Mounting of Photographs
1246 OG 106
22MAY2001
   
Publication Containing Training and Implementation Materials for Recent Rules Changes
1246 OG 41
08MAY2001
   
Use of a Post Card as a Receipt for Trademark Papers Filed
1246 OG 42
08MAY2001
   
Effective date of final rule entitled rules to implement optional inter partes reexamination proceedings
1245 OG 16
03APR2001
   
United States Postal Service Interruption and Emergency in Connecticut
1245 OG 16
03APR2001
   
Rules to implement optional inter partes reexamination proceedings: delay of effective date
1244 OG 15
06MAR2001
   
Inapplicability of 35 USC 102 (d) to plant breeder's rights certificates
1244 OG 15
06MAR2001
   
Examination guidelines for 35 USC 102(e)(2), as amended by the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999
1243 OG 1037
27FEB2001
   
USPTO Offers Interim Procedures for Submissions on Compact Disc
1243 OG 1008
20FEB2001
   
"Kind Codes" Included on USPTO Documents (signed 22 January 2001)
1243 OG 41
13FEB2001
   
Utility Examination Guidelines
1242 OG 162
30JAN2001
05JAN2001
Guidelines for examination of patent applications under the 35 USC 112 first paragraph "written description" requirement
1242 OG 168
30JAN2001
05JAN2001
Legal processes; Proposed rule
1242 OG 115
16JAN2001
22DEC2000
Standard for Declaring a Patent Interference
1242 OG 113
16JAN2001
20DEC2000
Patent term extension or adjustment information printed on notice of allowance and issue fee due and patent front page
1242 OG 112
16JAN2001
   
Standard for declaration a patent interference; Notice and request for comments
1242 OG 113
16JAN2001
   
Drawings in patent application publication and patents
1242 OG 114
16JAN2001
   
Changes in Procedure for Papers Filed at the Customer Service Window (signed 18 December 2000)
09JAN2001
   

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