United States Patent and Trademark Office OG Notices: 23 March 2004

          Revised Procedures for Papers Requiring Immediate Attention

   On October 28, 2003 the Office published new procedures for the
centralized delivery of documents (see Centralized Delivery and
Facsimile Transmission Requirements for Patent Application Related
Correspondence, 1275 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 200 (Oct. 28, 2003)). These
procedures were revised on February 2, 2004. (cf. Papers Requiring
Immediate Office Attention (Hand-carried and Facsimile Transmissions),
1279 Off. Gaz. Pat. Office 149 (Feb. 24, 2004)).

   To facilitate processing of certain papers requiring immediate
attention, Section B of the Centralized Delivery Official
Gazette notice is further revised to add a fourth item as follows:

   4. Papers required by the Office of Patent Publication to be hand
carried or faxed to the Office of Patent Publication

   a. The applicant may hand-carry the correspondence to the Office of
Patent Publication at 2231 Crystal Drive, Room 907, Arlington, VA 22202.
   b. The applicant may fax the documents directly to: (703) 746-4000

   In preparation of a patent application for publication as a
patent application publication or as a patent grant, it is sometimes
necessary for applicants to promptly hand carry a required document to
the Office of Patent Publication. Accordingly, in order to ensure that
after allowance papers and documents needed for patent application
publications are received in Publications, papers should be hand
carried or faxed directly to the Office of Patent Publication, as
required by that Office.

   For information on this notice, contact the Office of Patent
Publication at (703) 308-6789.

February 26, 2004                                          STEPHEN G. KUNIN
                                                    Deputy Commissioner for
                                                  Patent Examination Policy