Status of Office of Public Records Services

   The Office of Public Records (OPR) processes and fills orders
for both certified and uncertified copies of Patent and Trademark
Office documents and records assignments and other documents related to
title. This is an update of actual processing times during the month of
February 2001:

Document Services                             Goal                   Actual

Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                                7 days                6 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                 17 days               15 days
Patent Related File Wrappers               25 days               60 days*
Patent Copies                              10 days                8 days
Patent Assignments                         10 days               10 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                                7 days                5 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                 17 days               13 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers            25 days               35 days*
Trademark Assignments                      10 days                9 days
Trademark Registrations,
   Expedited                                5 days                5 days
Trademark Registrations,
   Regular                                 14 days                8 days

Uncertified Documents

Expedited Patent Copies                     1 day                 1 day
Regular Patent Copies                       5 days                2 days
Plant Patents                               5 days                1 day
Patent Assignmnts                          10 days                8 days
Patent Related File Wrappers               25 days               23 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies                  1 day                 1 day
Regular Trademark Copies                    5 days               21 days
Trademark Assignments                      10 days                5 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers            25 days               18 days*

* Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and File

During the month of February 2001, a total of 16,316 public
orders (26,325 copies) were filled and closed, or 2,519 orders more
(12,231 copies less) than the FY-01 planning number of 13,797 orders
(38,556 copies) to be closed for this month. The average turnaround
times for products remained in expected ranges.

Due to varying availability of media, customers will not be
advised when orders are not delivered within the published goal
periods. However, customers will be advised if any unexpected delay in
their order has been identified. Customers should use the above actual
days to mail for each product as a guide as to when they can expect
their orders. In determining expected delivery times, the day an order
is received in the Office is calculated as "day zero." The next
business day is "day one."

Customers are encouraged to fax orders for copies directly to the
Document Services Division at (703) 308-9759 and to pay by PTO Deposit
Account, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. Copy orders
may also be placed through the Internet by accessing the PTO home page
at and selecting the "Order Copies" option.
Information on the status of pending orders may be obtained by calling
(703) 308-9726 or 1 (800) 972-6382 (outside the Washington, DC Metro
area), or via E-mail:

Assignment Services

The Assignment Division is currently mailing recordation notices
for documents received in the Office of Public Records on December 26,
2000. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 69
calendar days.

March 6, 2001                                        PATRICK ROWE, Director
                                                   Office of Public Records