PATENT EXAMINING CORPS BRUCE A. LEHMAN, Commissioner Q. TODD DICKINSON, Assistant Commissioner for Patents NICHOLAS P. GODICI, (Acting) Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Patents STEPHEN G. KUNIN, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Patent Policy Phone number New Case PATENT EXAMINING GROUPS Area Code 703 Date* CHEMICAL EXAMINING GROUPS GENERAL METALLURGICAL, INORGANIC, PETROLEUM AND ELECTRICAL CHEMISTRY, ENGINEERING AND DESIGNS, GROUP 1100-THEODORE MORRIS, Director 308-0661 01/11/96 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, DRUG, BIO-AFFECTING AND BODY TREATING COMPOSITION, GROUP 1200-JOHN E. KITTLE, Director 308-1235 06/25/96 SPECIALIZED CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, GROUP 1300-RICHARD V. FISHER, Director 308-0651 07/29/96 HIGH POLYMER CHEMISTRY, PLASTICS, COATING, PHOTOGRAPHY STOCK MATERIALS AND COMPOSITIONS, GROUP 1500-MARY LEE, Director 308-2351 05/27/96 BIOTECHNOLOGY, GROUP 1800-JOHN J. DOLL, Director 308-0196 11/23/95 ELECTRICAL EXAMINING GROUPS INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, PHYSICS AND RELATED ELEMENTS, GROUP 2100-STEWART LEVY, Director 308-1782 11/13/95 SPECIAL LAWS AND ADMINISTRATION, GROUP 2200- ROBERT E. GARRETT, Director 308-0511 04/26/96 COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER APPLICATION, GROUP 2300-JOSEPH J. ROLLA, Director 305-3900 04/26/96 SPECIAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS: COMPUTER GRAPHICS, BUSINESS PRACTICES, & DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, GROUP 2400-GERALD GOLDBERG, Director 305-3900 12/21/95 ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL SYSTEMS AND DEVICES, GROUP 2500-JANICE A. HOWELL, Director 308-0956 11/12/96 TELECOMMUNICATIONS, GROUP 2600- JIN F. NG, Director 305-3900 09/14/95 DESIGN, GROUP 2900-JOHN E. KITTLE, Director 305-3293 06/28/96 MECHANICAL EXAMINING GROUPS HANDLING AND TRANSPORTATION MEDIA, GROUP 3100- JOHN F. TERAPANE, JR., Director 308-1113 12/14/95 MATERIAL SHAPING, ARTICLE MANUFACTURING AND TOOLS, GROUP 3200-ETHEL CROSS, Director 308-1148 03/11/97 MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, DIAGNOSTIC EQUIPMENT AND TREATMENT DEVICES; SURGERY AND SURGICAL SUPPLIES; AMUSEMENT AND EXERCISING DEVICES; ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; SPORTING GOODS; TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT; AND PRINTING, GROUP 3300-J.J. LOVE, Director 308-0858 02/07/96 SOLAR, HEAT, POWER, AND FLUID ENGINEERING DEVICES, GROUP 3400-DONALD G. KELLY, Director 308-0861 02/13/96 GENERAL CONSTRUCTION, PETROLEUM AND MINING ENGINEERING, GROUP 3500-A.L. SMITH, Director 308-2168 02/04/97 *A communication from the examiner should have been received in most applications filed prior to this date. Patents will Expire as Follows: (1) The term of any utility or plant patent that is in force on or results from an application filed before June 8, 1995 is the greater of the 20 year term provided in 35 U.S.C. 154(a)(2) or 17 years from grant subject to any terminal disclaimers. 35 U.S.C. 154(c)(1). (2) All utility and plant patents granted on applications having an actual United States filing date on or after June 8, 1995 are granted for a term which begins on the date on which the patent is granted and ends 20 years from the date on which the application was filed in the United States. If the application contains a specific reference to an earlier application under 35 U.S.C. 120, 121 or 365(c), the patent term ends twenty years from that date on which the earliest application was filed. 35 U.S.C. 154(a)(2). (3) All design patents are granted for a term of 14 years from the date of the grant. However, the term of any patent may have been curtailed by disclaimer under the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 153, have lapsed due to failure to pay maintenance fees, or have been extended under the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 154, 155, or 156. Thus, if more reliable information is needed with respect to a particular patent, then the specific patent file should be reviewed to determine the actual date of patent expiration.