United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 30 April 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
March 2002:

Document Services                              Goal                  Actual

Certified Documents

Patent Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                                 7 days                 3 days
Patent Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                  17 days                 6 days
Patent Related File Wrappers                25 days                46 days*
Patent Copies                               10 days                 3 days
Patent Assignments                          10 days                 4 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Expedited                                 7 days                 4 days
Trademark Applications-As-Filed,
   Regular                                  17 days                 5 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers             25 days                32 days*
Trademark Assignments                       10 days                 6 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                 3 days
Plant Patents                                5 days                 2 days
Patent Assignments                          10 days                 3 days
Patent Related File Wrappers                25 days                21 days*
Expedited Trademark Copies                   1 day                  1 day
Regular Trademark Copies                     5 days                 2 days
Trademark Assignments                       10 days                 8 days
Trademark Related File Wrappers             25 days                54 days*

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

During the month of March 2002, a total of 14,699 public orders
(22,920 copies) were filled and closed, or 3,281 orders more (1,195
copies less) than the FY-02 planning number of 11,418 orders (24,115
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: dsd@uspto.gov.

Assignment Services

The Assignment Division is currently mailing recordation notices
for documents received in the Office of Public Records on February 02,
2002. The cycle time to process, record, and mail notices is 52
calendar days.

April 3, 2002                                        PATRICK ROWE, Director
                                                   Office of Public Records