United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 19 March 2002

                  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 December 2001:

Document Services                       Goal                    Actual
Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,         7 days                    3 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,        17 days                    8 days
Patent Related File Wrappers         25 days                   34 days*
Patent Copies                        10 days                    4 days
Patent Assignments                   10 days                    9 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,      7 days                    4 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,     17 days                    7 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers      25 days                   22 days*
Trademark Assignments                10 days                    6 days
Trademark Registrations,              5 days                    3 days
Trademark Registrations,             14 days                    5 days

Uncertified Documents

Expedited Patent Copies               1 day                     1 day
Regular Patent Copies                 5 days                    3 days
Plant Patents                         5 days                    4 days
Patent Assignments                   10 days                    2 days
Patent Related File Wrappers         25 days                   16 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies            1 day                     0 days**
Regular Trademark Copies              5 days                    2 days
Trademark Assignments                10 days                    1 day
Trademark Related File Wrappers      25 days                   30 days*

*Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and File
**No orders were filled during the reporting month.

During the month of December 2001, a total of 12,505 public
orders (18,872 copies) were filled and closed, or 1,292 orders less
(19,684 copies less) than the FY-02 planning number of 13,797 orders
(38,556 copies) to be closed for this month.

Please do not submit "follow-up" or duplicate copies of orders. Customers
should use the above actual processing time for each product as a guide as
to when they can expect their orders to be completed. In cases where an
urgent deadline is approaching, contact OPR Customer Service at
(703) 308-9726 or 1 (800) 972-6382 for assistance with a particular order.

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
also may be placed through the Internet by accessing the PTO home page
at www.uspto.gov 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 October 25,
2001. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 70
calendar days.

January 8, 2002                                                PATRICK ROWE
                                                   Office of Public Records