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|Top of Notices (277) December 27, 2016||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1433 CNOG 1892|
|Issue: Fees, Notifications, Applicant Submissions||Referenced Items (274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283)|
(277) Processing of Papers Filed after Allowance of an Application In most instances a patent application paper filed after allowance will be electronically scanned in the Office of Patent Publication, and the original paper will be discarded. The Office publishes about 3,400 patents a week, and on average has about 40,000 allowed applications awaiting payment of the issue fee and the issuance of the patent. Excluding the issue fee transmittal forms, the Office receives about 5,000 pieces of mail a week for these applications, some of which cannot be retained because it has been irreparably damaged by irradiation of the mail by the U. S. Postal Service. As much as 60% of the mail received since mid-October 2001 is fragile and is being scanned in the Office of Patent Publication upon receipt to preserve the document. In order to maximize processing efficiency and to have one process for almost all papers received in the Office of Patent Publication, the original papers will no longer be retained, except for all drawings, certified documents (such as priority documents and oaths), and at least the non patent references included with information disclosure statements. For any other post-allowance paper, the Office will scan the incoming paper, print the scanned image, and match the printout with the patent application file. The scanning of post-allowance papers will enable the Office to reduce the processing time between the receipt of the post-allowance paper and the capture of the data from that paper for inclusion on the published patent, and the electronic movement of scanned data will enable the Office to minimize the physical movement of patent application files from site to site. Questions relating to the receipt of post-allowance correspondence, including issue and publication fee payments, and about this notice in general, should be directed to the Customer Service Center of the Office of Patent Publication at (703) 305-8283. April 1, 2002 NICHOLAS P. GODICI Commissioner for Patents [1257 OG 171]