United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 26 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
Janury 2002:

Document Services                            Goal                    Actual

Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,              7 days                   3 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,             17 days                   6 days
Patent Related File Wrappers              25 days                  43 days*
Patent Copies                             10 days                   3 days
Patent Assignments                        10 days                   5 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                               7 days                   2 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                17 days                   5 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers           25 days                  54 days*
Trademark Assignments                     10 days                   5 days
Trademark Registrations,
   Expedited                               5 days                   3 days
Trademark Registrations,
   Regular                                14 days                   4 days

Uncertified Documents

Expedited Patent Copies                    1 day                    1 day
Regular Patent Copies                      5 days                   2 days
Plant Patents                              5 days                   4 days
Patent Assignments                        10 days                   3 days
Patent Related File Wrappers              25 days                  26 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies                 1 day                    2 days
Regular Trademark Copies                   5 days                   2 days
Trademark Assignments                     10 days                   5 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers           25 days                  60 days*

*Includes turnaround times for files on Official Search and
File Reconstruction.

During the month of January 2002, a total of 15,401 public orders
(23,046 copies) were filled and closed, or 4,069 orders more (982
copies less) than the FY-02 planning number of 11,332 orders (24,028
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 December 12,
2001. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 50
calendar days.

February 8, 2002                                               PATRICK ROWE
                                                   Office of Public Records