USPTO EFS-Web Document Description List [Patent Prosecution Document Codes]



EFS-Web Document Description List

(Updated 08/26/2009. Found at the USPTO web site at: http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/efs/efsweb_document_descriptions.xls)



Category

EFS-Web Document Description

USPTO Business Process

General Transmittal

Authorization for Extension of Time all replies

37 CFR 1.136 is the patent rule governing extensions of time. A constructive petition for an extension of time should be document indexed as 136A, and is treated as requesting an extension of time for any paper needing an extension of time to be treated as timely filed. In accordance with 37 CFR 1.136(a)(3), there are two types of deposit account authorizations that may be treated as a constructive petition for time for any concurrent or future reply.

Application Part

Documents submitted with 371 Applications

For an international application designating the United States, to begin the national stage, an applicant files International Bureau documents including the international application, a translation if necessary, and other documents such as an international search report and a preliminary examination report.

Amendment

Amendment/Req. Reconsideration-After Non-Final Reject

Amendment filed by the applicant in response to a non-final office action issued by the Examiner based on the merits of the application.

Amendment

Amendment after Notice of Allowance (Rule 312)

When applicant files an amendment after the Notice of Allowance has been mailed but before the issue fee is paid, the amendment is not entered automatically. It may only be entered upon recommendation of a Primary Examiner. It will not be entered if it requires additional search or more than cursory review.

Amendment

Amendment After Final

Amendment provided by the applicant after the Examiner closes prosecution with a final rejection. Amendment is not automatically entered by the Examiner. It will not be entered if it requires additional search or more than cursory review.

Amendment

Preliminary Amendment

Amendment filed by the applicant prior to the Examiner issuing an office action that is based on the merits of the application.

Amendment

Response after Ex Parte Quayle Action

An Ex parte Quayle action is an Office action noting that all claims are allowable and the application is in condition for allowance except as to matters of form such as correction of the specification or a new oath. An Ex parte Quayle action closes prosecution on the merits. A proper response from the applicant to an Ex parte Quayle action is limited to correcting these matters of form.

Amendment

Abstract

A portion of the application, as submitted by the applicant, that gives a brief overview of the disclosed invention.

Application Part

Abstract

A portion of the application, as submitted by the applicant, that gives a brief overview of the disclosed invention.

PCT - Application Part

Abstract

Applicants may file supplemental protein structure content in PDB-compatible text format (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.

Continued Prosecution

Continued Prosecution Application - Continuation (ACPA)

Applicant may submit an amendment at the time of the filing of a Request for Continued Prosecution Application (CPA)

Application Part

Application Data Sheet

The application data sheet is a sheet voluntarily submitted in either provisional or nonprovisional applications and contains bibliographic data, arranged in a format specified by the USPTO in 37 CFR  1.76. Supplemental application data sheets may be submitted prior to payment of the issue fee either to correct or update information in a previously submitted application data sheet.

Application Part

Rule 130, 131 or 132 Affidavits

When any claim of an application or a patent under reexamination is rejected under 35 U.S.C. 103 on a U.S. patent or U.S. patent application publication which is not prior art under 35 U.S.C. 102(b), and the inventions defined by the claims in the application or patent under reexamination and by the claims in the patent or published application are not identical but are not patentably distinct, and the inventions are owned by the same party, the applicant or owner of the patent under reexamination may disqualify the patent or patent application publication as prior art by submission of an affidavit under Rule 130 stating common ownership and stating that the inventor named is the prior inventor. When a reference applied by the Examiner has a patent or publication date less than 1 year before the U.S. filing date of the application being examined, applicant may file an affidavit under Rule 131 to show prior inventorship to overcome the rejection. Evidence submitted by applicant to overcome a rejection or objection on a basis not otherwise provided for in the rules is submitted as an affadavit under Rule 132. Exhibits may be supplied to support either type of affadavit. Affadavits are normally submitted prior to a final rejection.

Amendment

Amendment Submitted/Entered with Filing of CPA/RCE

Applicant may submit an amendment at the time of the filing of a Request for Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) or a Request for Continued Examination (RCE).

Continued Prosecution

Amendment Submitted/Entered with Filing of CPA/RCE

Applicant may submit an amendment at the time of the filing of a Request for Continued Prosecution Application (CPA)

BPAI

Appeal Brief Filed

After two rejections from the Examiner, applicant (now appellant) may file an Appeal Brief of the Examiner's decision. The appeal is to be decided upon by an administrative patent judge from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences within the USPTO. The judge weighs the evidence in the Appeal Brief and in an Examiner's Answer to reach a decision.

BPAI

Pre-Brief Conference request

Request filed by applicant to have a panel of examiners formally review the legal and factual basis of the rejections in their application prior to the filing of an appeal brief.

Amendment

Amendment/Argument after Notice of Appeal

An amendment may be filed at any time after final rejection, but before the jurisdiction of the case has passed to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. However, after the Notice of Appeal has been filed by applicant, any amendment or argument filed by applicant is not normally entered unless the paper presented clearly places the application in condition for allowance.

BPAI

Amendment/Argument after Notice of Appeal

An amendment may be filed at any time after final rejection, but before the jurisdiction of the case has passed to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. However, after the Notice of Appeal has been filed by applicant, any amendment or argument filed by applicant is not normally entered unless the paper presented clearly places the application in condition for allowance.

BPAI

Request to Withdraw Appeal by Appellant

Appellant may file a request to withdraw an appeal to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. If no claims are allowed, the withdrawal is an express abandonment. If some claims are allowed, the withdrawal is the equivalent of an amendment canceling the appealed claims.

BPAI

Affidavit/Dec/Exhibit after Notice of Appeal

An affidavit, declaration or exhibit may be filed after the Notice of Appeal. However, after the jurisdiction of the case has passed to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, an affidavit, declaration or exhibit may be considered by the Examiner only in the case that the Board remands the case to the Examiner for that purpose.

BPAI

Confirmation of Hearing by Appellant

Appellant may request an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In response to that request, a notice of the hearing stating the date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board. The appellant must send a confirmation within a stated time period confirming that appellant will attend.

BPAI

Request for Oral Hearing

Appellant may request an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In response to that request, a notice of the hearing stating the date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board.

Application Part

Chemical Formulae (Text File)

Applicants may file supplemental chemical content in InChI text format (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.

Application Part

Mathematical Formulae (Text File)

Applicants may file supplemental mathematical content in MathML text format (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.

Application Part

3D Protein Crystals (Text File)

Applicants may file supplemental protein structure content in PDB-compatible text format (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.

Application Part

Appendix to the Specification

A sequence listing table or a computer program of greater than a specified size must be submitted as an appendix to the specification and be provided on a compact disc.

BPAI

Appeal Postponement of Oral Hearing Request

Appellant may request an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In response to that request, a notice of the hearing stating the date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board. The appellant must send a confirmation within a stated time period confirming that appellant will attend. If appellant cannot attend at the designated time, appellant may request a postponement of the hearing. Such a request may be granted if it does not unduly delay a decision in the case or place undue burden on the Board.

BPAI

Reply Brief Filed

In response to an Examiner's Answer prepared by the Examiner following appellant's appeal brief to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, appellant has a right to file a reply brief within two months of the mailing date of the Examiner's Answer.

BPAI

Waiver of Hearing by Appellant

Appellant may request an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. In response to that request, a notice of the hearing stating the date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board. The appellant must send a confirmation within a stated time period confirming that appellant will attend. If appellant no longer can or wishes to attend the scheduled hearing, appellant should inform the Board of a of waiver of hearing at the earliest possible opportunity.

Amendment

Amendment/Argument after BPAI Decision

An amendment may be filed after the decision of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. If it does include any recommendation made by the Board and presents new or amended claims, in view of the fact that prosecution is closed, the appellant is not entitled to have such amendment entered automatically. However, if the amendment is submitted with a request for continued examination, the prosecution of the application will be reopened and the amendment will be entered. If the amendment obviously places an application in condition for allowance, the primary examiner, with the concurrence of the supervisory patent examiner, will have the amendment entered. Arguments may be filed after the Board's decision such as the judicial precedent or rule or statute has been rescinded or overruled.

Amendment

Request for Rehearing of BPAI Decision

The Examiner may request rehearing of the decision of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. All requests by the Examiner to the Board for rehearing of a decision must be approved by the TC Director and must also be forwarded to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy for approval before mailing. The request should set a period of 1 month for the appellant to file a reply. After the period set for appellant to file a reply has expired, the application file will be forwarded to the Board.

BPAI

Request for Rehearing of BPAI Decision

A request for rehearing filed by appellant for a rehearing of the original decision of the Board.

Change Requests

Change of Address.

Where an attorney or agent of record (or applicant, if he or she is prosecuting the application pro se) changes his or her correspondence address, he or she is responsible for promptly notifying the USPTO of the new correspondence address (including ZIP Code). The notification should also include his or her telephone number. A change of correspondence address must be signed by an attorney or agent of record.

Change Requests

Response to Rule 105 Communication

Applicant's response to a Requirement for Information must include a complete response to each enumerated requirement for information giving either the information required or a statement that the information required to be submitted is unknown and/or is not readily available to the party or parties from which it was requested. There is no requirement for the applicant to show that the required information was not readily attainable, but applicant is required to make a good faith attempt to obtain the information and to make a reasonable inquiry once the information is requested.

General Transmittal

Response to Rule 105 Communication

Applicant's response to a Requirement for Information must include a complete response to each enumerated requirement for information giving either the information required or a statement that the information required to be submitted is unknown and/or is not readily available to the party or parties from which it was requested. There is no requirement for the applicant to show that the required information was not readily attainable, but applicant is required to make a good faith attempt to obtain the information and to make a reasonable inquiry once the information is requested.

Office of Patent Pub

Request for Corrected Notice of Allowance

If, on examination, it appears that the applicant is entitled to a patent under the law, a Notice of Allowance is sent to the applicant. The Notice of Allowance specifies an issue fee that must be paid within three months from the date of mailing of the Notice of Allowance to avoid abandonment of the application. Applicant may file necessary amendments, assignments, petitions, information disclosure statements, or other papers prior to the date of issue fee payment. One such paper is a request for a corrected Notice of Allowance, where some information on the Notice of Allowance is incorrect.

Office of Patent Pub

Request for New or Replacement Patent Grant

At the request of the patentee or the patentee' s assignee, the USPTO may issue a certificate of correction pursuant to correct a mistake in a patent, incurred through the fault of the Office, wherein the mistake is clearly disclosed in the records of the Office. If the nature of the mistake on the part of the Office is such that a certificate of correction is deemed inappropriate in form, the USPTO may issue a corrected patent as a more appropriate form for correction, without expense to the patentee.

Pre-Exam

Request for Corrected Filing Receipt

When an application is initially filed, applicant is informed of the application number and filing date by a filing receipt sent out by the USPTO. If applicant discovers an error in the filing receipt, applicant may send a request to the USPTO to correct the error.

Amendment

Claims

The claim is that part of a patent application particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention or discovery.

Application Part

Claims

The claim is that part of a patent application particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention or discovery.

PCT - Application Part

Claims

The claim is that part of a patent application particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention or discovery.

Office of Patent Pub

Request for Certificate of Correction

Whenever a mistake of a minor character appears in a patent and a showing has been made that such mistake occurred in good faith, the applicant may request that the USPTO issue a certificate of correction. The certificate is then attached to each printed copy of the patent, and the certificate is considered as part of the original patent.

Application Part

Computer Listing (text file)

Computer program listings may be submitted in patent applications when necessary for the purpose of providing the appropriate sequence of instructions, routines, and other contents of a program for a computer. If the computer program listing is sufficiently short, it may be submitted either as drawings or as part of the specification. Longer computer program listings must be submitted on a compact disc. A compact disc containing such a computer program listing is referred to as a "." The not be part of the printed patent.

General Transmittal

CRF Statement Paper and CRF are the same

In an application with a sequence listing, applicant must submit a copy of the "Sequence Listing" in computer readable form (CRF). In addition to a compact disc copy, a paper copy is required along with a statement that the "Sequence Listing" content of the paper and the computer readable copy are the same.

Continued Prosecution

Continuing Prosecution Application - Divisional (DCPA)

A Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) is filed by applicant before abandonment or termination of proceedings of a prior application and requests express abandonment of that prior application. The CPA discloses and claims only subject matter disclosed in the prior application. The CPA may be either a continuation or a Divisional CPA. In the Divisional CPA (DCPA), applicant requests prosecution of claims that were directed to the non-elected invention in the prior application.

Application Part

Terminal Disclaimer Filed

A timely filed terminal disclaimer may be filed by applicant to overcome an actual or provisional rejection based on a nonstatutory double patenting ground provided the conflicting application or patent is shown to be commonly owned with this application. The purpose of a terminal disclaimer is to obviate a double patenting rejection by removing the potential harm to the public by issuing a second patent, and not to remove a patent as prior art. (For Example: PTO/SB/25 or PTO/SB/26)

Amendment

Drawings-only black and white line drawings

One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject matter sought to be patented.

Application Part

Drawings-only black and white line drawings

One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject matter sought to be patented.

PCT - Application Part

Drawings-only black and white line drawings

Where it is necessary to understand the invention, a complete application must include drawings illustrating the disclosed invention.

Amendment

Drawings-other than black and white line drawings

One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject matter sought to be patented where the drawings is other than a black and white line drawing.

Application Part

Drawings-other than black and white line drawings

One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject matter sought to be patented.

General Transmittal

Letter Express Abandonment of the application

At any time during the prosecution of the application, applicant may file a letter expressly abandoning the application.

Pre-Grant Pub

Request for Early Publication

Applications are normally published 18 months after they are filed. Applicant may request that his or her application be published earlier than that date.

Amendment

Response to Election / Restriction Filed

Restriction is a generic term that includes the practice of requiring an election between distinct inventions, for example, election between combination and subcombination inventions, and the practice relating to an election between independent inventions, for example, an election of species. An Examiner may make a restriction requirement when an application may properly support separate patents and they are either independent or distinct. The Examiner may make this request either over the telephone, in which case the applicant's response is recorded in the next Office action, or in a separate letter making the Election or Restriction requirement. In the latter case, the applicant responds to this requirement in a separate response electing an invention or species to be examined.

General Transmittal

Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.

The Office of License and Review (L&R) offers a service to Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing License. The Office will render a decision on the petition within 3 business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in L&R, or via EFS-Web.

Petition

Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.

The Office of License and Review (L&R) offers a service to Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing License. The Office will render a decision on the petition within 3 business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in L&R, or via EFS-Web.

PCT - General Transmittal

Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.

The Office of License and Review (L&R) offers a service to Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing License. The Office will render a decision on the petition within 3 business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in L&R, or via EFS-Web.

PCT - Petition

Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.

The Office of License and Review (L&R) offers a service to Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing License. The Office will render a decision on the petition within 3 business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in L&R, or via EFS-Web.

First Action Interview Pilot

Reply under 1.111 to Pre-Interview Communication

Applicant files a reply in compliance with 37 CFR 1.111 to a Pre-inteview Communication. Applicant waives First Action Interview, waives receipt of the First Action Interview Office Action and files a formal amendment.

First Action Interview Pilot

First action interview - Enrollment Request

The applicant files the request for first action interview prior to the first office action on the merits.

General Transmittal

First action interview - Enrollment Request

The applicant files the request for first action interview prior to the first office action on the merits.

First Action Interview Pilot

First Action Interview - Schedule Interview Request

The applicant files the request for to schedule the interview under first action interview pilot.

First Action Interview Pilot

Request to Not Have a First Action Interview

Applicants file a communication in response to a Pre-inteview Communication in which applicant requests to not have a first action interview and proceed directly to First Action Interview Office action with no intervening amendment.

General Transmittal

Request to Not Have a First Action Interview

Applicants file a communication in response to a Pre-inteview Communication in which applicant requests to not have a first action interview and proceed directly to First Action Interview Office action with no intervening amendment.

IDS/References

Foreign Reference

Foreign references submitted by the applicant for consideration by the examiner.

Application Part

Translation of Foreign Priority Documents

An application may be entitled to the benefit of the filing date of a prior application filed in a foreign country, to overcome an intervening reference or for similar purposes. As part of claiming the benefit of foreign priority, applicant is required to file a certified copy of the original foreign application, specification, and drawings upon which it is based. If the priority papers are not in the English language, a translation is required that may be filed with the priority papers or at a later time.

Amendment

Amendment Copy Claims/Response to Suggested Claims

While the claims of two or more applications may not be identical, an interference exists if they are directed to the same patentable invention. If an applicant is not claiming the same patentable invention as another applicant, the examiner may suggest a claim or claims to the first applicant, provided the intention of the parties to claim the same patentable invention as expressed in the summary of the invention or elsewhere in the disclosure or claims is present. When an examiner suggests a claim, the applicant will be required to copy verbatim as suggested. A reply to the examiner's suggestion of a claim is not complete unless it includes an amendment adding the exact claim suggested to the application.

IDS/References

Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) Filed

The applicant provides an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) at the earliest possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to applicant. The Examiner is to considered each reference cited in the IDS prior to the next Office action on the merits.

IDS/References

Information Disclosure Statement Letter

The applicant provides an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) letter along with an IDS form (PTO/SB/08) at the earliest possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to applicant.

General Transmittal

Issue Fee Payment (PTO-85B)

When applicant transmits the issue fee payments on an issue fee transmittal form, the payment of that fee in Revenue Accounting and Management (RAM) system is recorded on that form.

Amendment

Applicant summary of interview with examiner

This letter from the applicant provides the applicant's summary of an interview held with the examiner.

General Transmittal

Applicant summary of interview with examiner

This letter from the applicant provides the applicant's summary of an interview held with the examiner.

General Transmittal

Any request going to L R

Requests coming into Licensing and Review include expedited licensing requests for foreign filing, retroactive licensing requests and responses to property rights potential claims from NASA or the Department of Energy.

General Transmittal

Miscellaneous Incoming Letter

A miscellaneous incoming letter from applicant shall be submitted any time during prosecution that is not directed to a requirement, notice or Office action sent by the USPTO.

Application Part

Miscellaneous Incoming Letter

A miscellaneous incoming letter from applicant shall be submitted any time during prosecution that is not directed to a requirement, notice or Office action sent by the USPTO.

General Transmittal

Letter Requesting Suspension of Prosecution

An applicant may file a petition to suspend action in an application for a specific period of time for good and sufficient reasons. An example would be where a request for continued examination is made before a preliminary amendment is filed. The suspension would be requested to prevent having the case examined before the preliminary amendment is entered.

General Transmittal

Letter Requesting Interview with Examiner

Interviews with examiners concerning applications and other matters pending before the Office must be conducted on Office premises and within Office hours. An interview should normally be arranged for in advance, as by letter or telephone call, in order to insure that the primary examiner and/or the examiner in charge of the application will be present and available in the Office.

BPAI

Notice of Appeal Filed

After two rejections from the Examiner, applicant may file an Appeal Notice noting that applicant (now appellant) is appealing the Examiner's decision. The appeal is to be decided upon by an administrative patent judge from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences within the USPTO. The judge weighs the evidence in the Appeal Brief and in an Examiner's Answer to reach a decision.

General Transmittal

Post Allowance Communication - Incoming

Communication is received from applicant after allowance of an application and prior to publication thereof.

General Transmittal

New or Additional Drawings

Transmittal letter is filed by applicant during prosecution of an application indicating that new or additional drawings were submitted.

IDS/References

NPL Documents

Non-patent U.S. references submitted by the applicant for consideration by the examiner.

Reexamination

Notice of concurrent proceedings / decisions

In ex parte reexamination proceedings, patent owners are required to file a notice of concurrent proceedings and decisions on such proceedings in which the patent is or was involved.

Reissue

Notice of concurrent proceedings / decisions

In ex parte reexamination proceedings, patent owners are required to file a notice of concurrent proceedings and decisions on such proceedings in which the patent is or was involved.

IDS/References

1.501 Submission by Patent Owner

At any time after allowance of an application and during the period of enforceability of the patent, a patent owner may cite, to the Office in writing, prior art consisting of patents or printed publications which are stated to be pertinent and applicable to the patent and believed to have a bearing on the patentability of any claim of the patent. The period of enforceability is the length of the term of the patent plus the 6 years under the statute of limitations for bringing an infringement action.

Application Part

Oath or Declaration filed

Each inventor must make an oath or declaration that he/she believes himself/herself to be the original and first inventor of the subject matter of the application, and he/she must make various other statements under 37 CFR  1.63, As set forth in 37 CFR  1.64, the oath or declaration must be signed by all of the actual inventors except as provided for in 37 CFR  1.42, 1.43, 1.47, or 1.67.

PCT - Application Part

Oath or Declaration filed

Each inventor must make an oath or declaration that he/she believes himself/herself to be the original and first inventor of the subject matter of the application, and he/she must make various other statements under 37 CFR  1.63, As set forth in 37 CFR  1.64, the oath or declaration must be signed by all of the actual inventors except as provided for in 37 CFR  1.42, 1.43, 1.47, or 1.67.

PCT - Application Part

RO/134 - Deposited Microorganisms/Bio Material

If the invention in an international application pertains to a microorganism or other biological material, the applicants use this form to document that they have fulfilled their obligation to deposit a sample with an appropriate authority.

PCT - Application Part

Seq Listing Cover Sheet/Stmt under PCT Rule 13ter

Where a sequence listing is provided in both computer readable and in paper form, the applicant supplies a statement verifying that the content of the two forms is the same.

PCT - General Transmittal

Seq Listing Cover Sheet/Stmt under PCT Rule 13ter

Where a sequence listing is provided in both computer readable and in paper form, the applicant supplies a statement verifying that the content of the two forms is the same.

PCT - General Transmittal

ISA/217 - Notification of Decision Req for Rectification

The International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/217) to notify the applicant and the International Bureau of its decision to authorize or refuse a request for rectification. See PCT Rule 91.1(f).

PCT - General Transmittal

ISA/224 Communication-No Other Form is Applicable

The International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/224) to communicate information to the applicant or another Authority in situations where no other form more particularly pertains.

PCT - General Transmittal

ISA/225 - Invitation to Furnish Nucleotide/Amino Acid/Related Tables

Where the International Searching Authority finds that the international application contains disclosure of one or more nucleotide and/or amino acid sequences but the sequence listing fails to comply with the standard provided for in the Administrative Instructions, the International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/225) to invite the applicant to furnish a proper sequence listing. See PCT Rule 13ter.1(a).

PCT - General Transmittal

ISA-234-Notif, of Trans of Demand to IB or the Competent IPEA

The International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/234) to transmit a demand (Form PCT/IPEA/401) to another Authority.

PCT - Change Request

Request for recording of a change/PCT Rule 92bis

Under PCT Rule 92bis, the applicant may submit changes to the person, name, residence, nationality or address of the applicant, inventor or agent (attorney).

PCT - Application Part

Corp. Resolution/Auth to act on behalf of Corp.

If the applicant in an international application is a legal entity such as a corporation, then a "resolution" signed by one or more corporate officers is needed in order to delegate authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the corporate entity to one or more people.

PCT - General Transmittal

Corp. Resolution/Auth to act on behalf of Corp.

If the applicant in an international application is a legal entity such as a corporation, then a "resolution" signed by one or more corporate officers is needed in order to delegate authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the corporate entity to one or more people.

PCT - Application Part

Fee payment - International Application

A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens, spontaneously.

PCT - General Transmittal

Fee payment - International Application

A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens, spontaneously.

PCT - General Transmittal

Miscellaneous communication from ISA

Miscellaneous incoming communications from a foreign ISA (e.g. EP, AU, KR).

PCT - Application Part

Misc. incoming letter from Applicant - IA

Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an international application.

PCT - General Transmittal

Misc. incoming letter from Applicant - IA

Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an international application.

PCT - Application Part

RO/101 - Annex (fee calculation sheet)

New international applications are accompanied by a form authored by the applicant showing how much money is due and for which fees.

PCT - General Transmittal

RO/101 - Annex (fee calculation sheet)

New international applications are accompanied by a form authored by the applicant showing how much money is due and for which fees.

PCT - Application Part

RO/101 - Request form for new IA - Conventional

New international applications are accompanied by a bibliographic data form authored by the applicant. The form is referred to by number as the RO/101 or, alternatively, by name as the "Request". The "conventional" format of this form is filled out manually.

PCT - Form

RO/101 - Request form for new IA - Conventional

New international applications are accompanied by a bibliographic data form authored by the applicant. The form is referred to by number as the RO/101 or, alternatively, by name as the "Request". The "conventional" format of this form is filled out manually.

PCT - Application Part

RO/101 - Request form for new IA - PCT EASY Format

New international applications are accompanied by a bibliographic data form authored by the applicant. The form is referred to by number as the RO/101 or, alternatively, by name as the "Request". The "SAFE" format of this form is filled out using an authoring tool developed by the International Bureau (IB). The bibliographic data is stored to a diskette that accompanies the paper application to the receiving Office.

PCT - Form

RO/101 - Request form for new IA - PCT EASY Format

New international applications are accompanied by a bibliographic data form authored by the applicant. The form is referred to by number as the RO/101 or, alternatively, by name as the "Request". The "SAFE" format of this form is filled out using an authoring tool developed by the International Bureau (IB). The bibliographic data is stored to a diskette that accompanies the paper application to the receiving Office.

PCT - Change Request

Confirmation of incorporation by reference

An applicant submits a statement, to the RO, confirming that an element or part contained in a previously filed application is incorporated by reference in the international application. See PCT Rule 20.6.

PCT - Petition

Confirmation of incorporation by reference

An applicant submits a statement, to the RO, confirming that an element or part contained in a previously filed application is incorporated by reference in the international application. See PCT Rule 20.6.

PCT - Amendment

Request for Reconsideration - IA

Request for Reconsideration - IA

PCT - General Transmittal

Request for Reconsideration - IA

Request for Reconsideration - IA

PCT - Change Request

Request for rectification - IA

Under PCT Rule 91, the applicant may request that obvious errors in the international application or other papers submitted by the applicant may be rectified.

PCT - General Transmittal

Response to Form PCT/ISA/206 Unity of Invention

If the application contains claims to more than one invention, the applicant is invited to either limit the application to only one of the inventions or to pay additional search fees for one or more of the remaining inventions. If the invitation is made in writing (see P.206), the written response is titled under this doc code. See also P.299.

PCT - General Transmittal

Response to PCT/ISA/225 invitation to furnish seq. list

Applicants response to the USPTO's request to furnish a sequence listing (see P.225).

PCT - Change Request

Evidence for restore of priority claim

An applicant submits to the RO a request to restore Right of Priority for an international application.The request must be received by the RO within two months from the date of priority expiration. See PCT Rule 26bis.3

PCT - Petition

Evidence for restore of priority claim

An applicant submits to the RO a request to restore Right of Priority for an international application.The request must be received by the RO within two months from the date of priority expiration. See PCT Rule 26bis.3

PCT - Change Request

Priority Claim Adjustment under PCT Rule 26bis

Under PCT Rule 26bis, the applicant may correct or add a priority claim.

PCT - Application Part

PCT EASY Validation Log

The authoring program devised by the International Bureau for preparing the request form (Form PCT/RO/101) automatically scans entered data for obvious errors and inconsistencies and generates this list of any problems detected.

PCT - General Transmittal

PCT EASY Validation Log

The authoring program devised by the International Bureau for preparing the request form (Form PCT/RO/101) automatically scans entered data for obvious errors and inconsistencies and generates this list of any problems detected.

PCT - General Transmittal

CH1 Select Competent ISA/Resp. Invitation

This for for the applicant to select an ISA where either the applicant has either not selected an ISA or the ISA that the applicant has selected does not search the subject matter of the international application. In the latter case, applicant must select another ISA.

PCT - Application Part

Statement explaining lack of signature - IA

PCT Rule 4.15(b) provides that where an applicant refused to sign the request or could not be found or reached after diligent effort, the request need not be signed by that applicant if it is signed by at least one applicant and a statement is furnished explaining, to the satisfaction of the receiving Office, the lack of the signature concerned.

PCT - General Transmittal

Statement explaining lack of signature - IA

PCT Rule 4.15(b) provides that where an applicant refused to sign the request or could not be found or reached after diligent effort, the request need not be signed by that applicant if it is signed by at least one applicant and a statement is furnished explaining, to the satisfaction of the receiving Office, the lack of the signature concerned.

PCT - Change Request

Substitute Sheets of Request (Form PCT/RO/101)

Under PCT Rule 26, the applicant may submit a new version of one or more pages of the bibliographic data form (PCT/RO/101) as long as no new matter is introduced.

PCT - Form

Substitute Sheets of Request (Form PCT/RO/101)

Under PCT Rule 26, the applicant may submit a new version of one or more pages of the bibliographic data form (PCT/RO/101) as long as no new matter is introduced.

PCT - Change Request

Substitute Drawings

Under PCT rule 26, the applicant may submit formalized drawings as long as no new matter is introduced.

PCT - Change Request

Substitute Sheets - IA

Under PCT Rule 26, the applicant may submit corrected versions of one or more pages of the initially filed description, claims, abstract or sequence listing in an international application as long as no new matter is introduced.

PCT - Application Part

PCT-Transmittal Letter

Upon filing any papers to the USPTO regarding the filing of a new application, applicant includes a transmittal letter indicating the contents of the submission, including any fees that may accompany the papers. This letter usually includes the Express Mail Certificate of Mailing. This transmittal letter corresponds to the transmittal letter in a PCT application.

PCT - General Transmittal

PCT-Transmittal Letter

Upon filing any papers to the USPTO regarding the filing of a new application, applicant includes a transmittal letter indicating the contents of the submission, including any fees that may accompany the papers. This letter usually includes the Express Mail Certificate of Mailing. This transmittal letter corresponds to the transmittal letter in a PCT application.

PCT - Change Request

Request to withdraw - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.1, the applicant may withdraw the international application at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.

PCT - Change Request

Request to withdraw as attorney - IA

Under PCT Rule 90.6(d), an agent or common representative may renounce his appointment by a notification signed by him.

PCT - Change Request

Request to withdraw designation - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.2, the applicant may withdraw the designation of any designated State at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.

PCT - Change Request

Request to withdraw priority claim - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.3, the applicant may withdraw a priority claim made under Article 8(1) at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.

PCT - General Transmittal

Request to withdraw US designation - IA

In order to avoid some of the ensuing complications, some applicants in international applications particularly do not want the US designated. In such situations, they will withdraw the designation of the United States under PCT Rule 90bis.2.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Form PCT/IPEA/401 - Demand

As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant submits a bibliographic data form, the Demand, PCT Form/IPEA/401

PCT - Form

CHII - Form PCT/IPEA/401 - Demand

As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant submits a bibliographic data form, the Demand, PCT Form/IPEA/401

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Form IPEA/401 Annex

As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant submits a fee calculation sheet (Form IPEA/401 Annex)

PCT - Form

CHII - Form IPEA/401 Annex

As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant submits a fee calculation sheet (Form IPEA/401 Annex)

PCT - Change Request

CHII - Request for recording change/PCT Rule 92bis

Under PCT Rule 92bis, the applicant may submit changes to the person, name, residence, nationality or address of the applicant, inventor or agent (attorney) (Chapter II).

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Request for recording change/PCT Rule 92bis

Under PCT Rule 92bis, the applicant may submit changes to the person, name, residence, nationality or address of the applicant, inventor or agent (attorney). (Chapter II)

PCT - Amendment

CHII - Amendmnts to descrpt/drawings - PCT Art. 34

Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims, description and drawings prior to preparation of the International Preliminary Examination Report.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Amendmnts to descrpt/drawings - PCT Art. 34

Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims, description and drawings prior to preparation of the International Preliminary Examination Report.

PCT - Amendment

CHII - Amendment to the claims - PCT Art. 34

Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims prior to preparation of the International Preliminary Examination Report.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Amendment to the claims - PCT Art. 34

Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims prior to preparation of the International Preliminary Examination Report.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Fee payment - International Application

A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens, spontaneously.

PCT - General Transmittal

CHII - Fee payment - International Application

A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens, spontaneously.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Misc. communication from Applicant - IA

Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an international application. (Chapter II)

PCT - General Transmittal

CHII - Misc. communication from Applicant - IA

Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an international application. (Chapter II)

PCT - Amendment

CHII - Request for Reconsideration - IA

Request for Reconsideration - IA (Chapter II)

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Request for Reconsideration - IA

Request for Reconsideration - IA (Chapter II)

PCT - General Transmittal

CHII - Request for Reconsideration - IA

Request for Reconsideration - IA (Chapter II)

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Request for rectification - IA

Under PCT Rule 91, the applicant may request that obvious errors in the international application or other papers submitted by the applicant may be rectified.

PCT - General Transmittal

CHII - Request for rectification - IA

Under PCT Rule 91, the applicant may request that obvious errors in the international application or other papers submitted by the applicant may be rectified.

PCT - Change Request

CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/404

If certain defects are noted in the Demand, the IPEA invites the applicant to make corrections by sending a form IPEA/404. Applicant is expected to submit corrections within one month.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/404

If certain defects are noted in the Demand, the IPEA invites the applicant to make corrections by sending a form IPEA/404. Applicant is expected to submit corrections within one month.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405

CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405

PCT - General Transmittal

CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405

CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405

PCT - Amendment

CHII-Resp to the written opinion ISA/237 / IPEA/408

The applicant is entitled to submit a response to the written opinion (Form IPEA/408 or Form ISA/237). If the response includes amendments, it should be indexed as P2.ART34.CLM (for claims, document description: CHII -Amendment to the claims - PCT Art. 34) or P2.ART34.A (for other parts of the application, document description: CHII - Amendmnts to descrpt/drawings - PCT Art. 34)

PCT - Chapter II

CHII-Resp to the written opinion ISA/237 / IPEA/408

The applicant is entitled to submit a response to the written opinion (Form IPEA/408 or Form ISA/237). If the response includes amendments, it should be indexed as P2.ART34.CLM (for claims, document description: CHII -Amendment to the claims - PCT Art. 34) or P2.ART34.A (for other parts of the application, document description: CHII - Amendmnts to descrpt/drawings - PCT Art. 34)

PCT - Change Request

CHII - Request to withdraw as attorney - IA

Under PCT Rule 90.6(d), an agent or common representative may renounce his appointment by a notification signed by him. (Chapter II)

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Request to withdraw as attorney - IA

Under PCT Rule 90.6(d), an agent or common representative may renounce his appointment by a notification signed by him. (Chapter II)

PCT - Change Request

CHII - Request to withdraw designation - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.2, the applicant may withdraw the designation of any designated State at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date. (Chapter II)

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Request to withdraw designation - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.2, the applicant may withdraw the designation of any designated State at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date. (Chapter II)

PCT - Change Request

CHII - Request to withdraw priority claim - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.3, the applicant may withdraw a priority claim made under Article 8(1) at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date. (Chapter II)

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Request to withdraw priority claim - IA

Under PCT Rule 90bis.3, the applicant may withdraw a priority claim made under Article 8(1) at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date. (Chapter II)

Change Requests

Power of Attorney

Applicant may file a change in Power of Attorney at any time during prosecution of an application. The POA indicates representatives given permission to act on behalf of the inventor or assignee to prosecute an application.

PCT - Application Part

Power of Attorney

Applicant may file a change in Power of Attorney or an associate Power of Attorney at any time during prosecution of an application. The POA indicates representatives given permission to act on behalf of the inventor or assignee to prosecute an application.

PCT - Change Request

Power of Attorney

Applicant may file a change in Power of Attorney or an associate Power of Attorney at any time during prosecution of an application. The POA indicates representatives given permission to act on behalf of the inventor or assignee to prosecute an application.

PCT - General Transmittal

Power of Attorney

Applicant may file a change in Power of Attorney at any time during prosecution of an application. The POA indicates representatives given permission to act on behalf of the inventor or assignee to prosecute an application.

Application Part

Power to Make Copies and/or Inspect

Written authority signed by an applicant, an attorney or agent of record, an authorized official of an assignee or a registered attorney or agent named in the papers accompanying the application papers can be submitted to give access to an application to any person. This written authority gives the named person or persons a power to inspect and make copies of the application. An unrestricted power to inspect given by an applicant is recognized as in effect until rescinded.

Change Requests

Power to Make Copies and/or Inspect

Written authority signed by an applicant, an attorney or agent of record, an authorized official of an assignee or a registered attorney or agent named in the papers accompanying the application papers can be submitted to give access to an application to any person. This written authority gives the named person or persons a power to inspect and make copies of the application. An unrestricted power to inspect given by an applicant is recognized as in effect until rescinded.

Priority Documents

Request for USPTO to retrieve priority docs

Request from the applicant authorizing the USPTO to electronically retrieve Official Priority Documents from participating foreign IP Office and enter them into the file wrapper.

Priority Documents

Authorization to access Appl. by Trilateral Office

This document is an authorization from a US applicant permitting access to their electronic US Patent Applications by participating International Offices.

Pre-Exam

Applicant Response to Pre-Exam Formalities Notice

Response is sent by applicant to a notification to file missing parts or a notification of failure to comply with reissue rules within the time period for reply as set in the notice.

Pre-Exam

Response to Pre-Exam Reissue Notice

Response is sent by applicant to a notification to file missing parts or a notification of failure to comply with reissue rules within the time period for reply as set in the notice.

Pre-Exam

Response to Pre-Exam Sequence Notice

The USPTO will send applicant a notification of a failure to comply with the sequence rules and include an analysis of any submitted computer readable form. Upon detection during the preexamination processing of damage or a deficiency, a notice will be sent to the applicant detailing the damage or deficiency and setting a two month period for reply. Applicant must respond to the notice within the indicated time period and supply any information required.

BPAI

Petition

Petition under Rule 41.3 to Chief Admin Patent Judge


Petition

Petition for review by the Office of Petitions.

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Office of Petitions to act on the decision or continue prosecution.

Petition

Petition to make special based on Age/Health

An incoming petition from applicant delegated to the Office of Petitions to act on the decision or continue prosecution. This petition is requesting to be made special because of advanced age (over 65 years of age) or poor health.

PCT - Chapter II

CHII - Petition for review by the PCT legal office

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue prosecution. (Chapter II).

PCT - Petition

CHII - Petition for review by the PCT legal office

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue prosecution. (Chapter II)

PCT - Petition

Petition for review and processing by the PCT legal office.

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue prosecution. (Chapter II)

Petition

Petition for review and processing by the PCT legal office.

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue prosecution.

Petition

Petition to withdraw attorney or agent (SB83)

Incoming petition to withdraw the attorney or agent and change the address. PTO form SB83 is used for withdrawing.

Petition

Patent Term Adjustment Petition

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Office of Petitions to act on the decision or continue prosecution.

Petition

Petition for review by the Technology Center SPRE.

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the Technology Center Special Program Examiner to act on the decision or continue prosecution.

Petition

Petition for 12-month Accelerated Exam

A petition to make an application special for accelerated examination except in the cases of an applicant's age or health. See 37 CFR 1.102 and MPEP 708.02. This is preferably filed using form PTO/SB/28.

Petition

Petition for review/processing depending on status

An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated with the authority to decide the petition. For some petitions, the office that is to review and process a petition is determined based on the processing status of the application as defined by the PALM status codes.

Petition

Petition to Withdraw from Issue

Prior to paying the issue fee, applicant can request that the Office withdraw an application from issue upon filing a petition including the fee and a showing of good and sufficient reasons why withdrawal of the application from issue is necessary. Once the issue fee has been paid, the application will only be withdrawn from issue upon filing a petition by applicant indicating unpatentability of one of more claims. The petition must be accompanied by an unequivocal statement that one or more claims are unpatentable, an amendment to the unpatentable claims, and an explanation as to how the amendment causes the claims to be patentable.

Office of Patent Pub

Nonpublication request from applicant.

A nonpublication request must be submitted with the application upon filing, certifying that the invention disclosed in the application has not been and will not be the subject of an application filed in another country, or under a multilateral international agreement, that requires publication at eighteen months after filing. Form PTO/SB/35 may be used by applicant for filing this request.

Pre-Exam

Nonpublication request from applicant.

A nonpublication request must be submitted with the application upon filing, certifying that the invention disclosed in the application has not been and will not be the subject of an application filed in another country, or under a multilateral international agreement, that requires publication at eighteen months after filing. Form PTO/SB/35 may be used by applicant for filing this request.

Pre-Grant Pub

Request/Corrected Patent Application Publications

The Office will grant a request for a corrected or revised patent application publication from applicant when the Office makes a material mistake which is apparent from Office records. Any request for a corrected or revised patent application publication from applicant must be filed within two months from the date of the patent application publication and include an indication of the mistake.

Pre-Grant Pub

Request for Exp Aband for refund or to avoid pub

An applicant seeking to abandon an application to avoid publication of the application must submit a declaration of express abandonment by way of a petition including a fee in sufficient time to recognize the abandonment and remove the application from the publication process. Applicant should submit the declaration of express abandonment, petition and fee more than four weeks prior to the projected date of publication.

Pre-Grant Pub

Request for Refund of Publication Fee Paid

Upon filing a request to withdraw the request for publication, applicant may also include a request for a refund of any amount paid in excess of the application filing fee and a handling fee as set forth by the USPTO. The request for refund of the publication fee must be filed prior to the publication of the application.

Petition

Petition to make special under Patent Prosecution Hwy

Applicant uses the request/petition form to request participation in the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. The request form has a checklist of all the requirements and the use of the form will ensure that all requirements are complied with.

General Transmittal

Statement of preexamination search

In a request for accelerated examination, a statement by applicant indicating that a preexamination search was conducted, including an identification of the field of search by United States class and subclass and the date of the search, where applicable, and for database searches, the search logic or chemical structure sequence used as a query, the name of the file or files search and the database service, and the date of the search. The search must involve U.S. patents and patent application publications, foreign patent documents, and non-patent literature.

General Transmittal

Examination support document

An accelerated examination support document including an information disclosure statement in compliance with 37 CFR 1.98 citing each reference deemed most closely related to the subject matter of each of the claims, identification of all the limitations in the claims that are disclosed by the reference specifying where the limitation is disclosed for each reference cited, a detailed explanation of how each of the claims are patentable over the references cited with the particularity required by 37 CFR 1.11(b) and (c), a concise statement of the utility of the invention as defined in each of the independent claims, a showing of where each limitation of the claims finds support under the first paragraph of 35 U.S.C. 112 in the written description of the specification, and identification of any cited references that may be disqualified as prior art under 35 U.S.C. 103(c) as amended by the Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) Act.

General Transmittal

Request under Rule 129 to Reopen Prosecution

An applicant in an application, other than for reissue or a design patent, that has been pending for at least two years as of June 8, 1995 can request to have prosecution reopened for examination. Applicant is entitled to have a first submission entered and considered on the merits after a final rejection on the merits has closed prosecution if the first submission and the fee are filed prior to the filing of an appeal brief and prior to abandonment of the application. The finality of the final rejection is automatically withdrawn upon the timely filing of the submission and payment of the fee. A submission includes, but is not limited to, an information disclosure statement, an amendment to the written description, claims or drawings and a new substantive argument or new evidence in support of patentability.

General Transmittal

Response providing copy of record for reconstruction

A copy of the applicant 's or patentee 's record (if any) of all of the correspondence between the Office and the applicant or patentee for such application, patent, or other proceeding (except for U.S. patent documents). See 37 CFR 1.251.

General Transmittal

Assignee showing of ownership per 37 CFR 3.73(b).

When an assignee to the entire title first seeks to take an action in a patent application, patent or reexamination proceeding, the assignee must file documentary evidence of title as well as a document stating that the evidence has been reviewed and certifying that, to the best of assignee's knowledge and belief, title is in the assignee seeking to take action.

Amendment

Request under Rule 48 correcting inventorship

Applicant can file a request to correct inventorship under Rule 48 at any time during prosecution of an application.

Amendment

Request for Continued Examination (RCE)

If prosecution in an application is closed, an applicant may request continued examination (RCE) of the application by filing a submission and the fee prior to payment of the issue fee, abandonment of the application, or the filing of a notice of appeal. A submission includes, but is not limited to, an information disclosure statement, an amendment to the written description, claims, or drawings, new arguments, or new evidence in support of patentability. The USPTO will withdraw the finality of any Office action and the submission will be entered and considered.

Continued Prosecution

Request for Continued Examination (RCE)

If prosecution in an application is closed, an applicant may request continued examination (RCE) of the application by filing a submission and the fee prior to payment of the issue fee, abandonment of the application, or the filing of a notice of appeal. A submission includes, but is not limited to, an information disclosure statement, an amendment to the written description, claims, or drawings, new arguments, or new evidence in support of patentability. The USPTO will withdraw the finality of any Office action and the submission will be entered and considered.

Petition

Petition to Convert Regular to Provisional

A non-provisional regular application may be converted to a provisional application provided a petition requesting the conversion is submitted by applicant along with the petition fee. The petition and fee must be submitted prior to the earlier of the abandonment of the nonprovisional application, the payment of the issue fee, the expiration of 12 months after the filing date of the nonprovisional application, or the filing of a request for statutory invention registration.

Reissue

Consent of Assignee accompanying the declaration.

If any of the inventors has/have assigned (transferred) their ownership of the original patent to one or more assignees, then all of the assignees must consent to the filing of a reissue application. The consent must be accompanied by an assignee showing of ownership per 37 CFR 3.73(b) for each assignee.

Reissue

Reissue dec filed in accordance with MPEP 1414.

Each inventor must make a reissue oath or declaration under 37 CFR 1.175(a)(1) and (2) that: (1) he/she believes the original patent to be wholly or partly inoperative or invalid by reason of a defective specification or drawing, or by reason of the patentee claiming more or less than the patentee had the right to claim in the patent, stating at least one error being relied upon as the basis for reissue; (2) he/she believes the original patent to be wholly or partly inoperative or invalid by reason of a defective specification or drawing, or by reason of the patentee claiming more or less than the patentee had the right to claim in the patent, stating at least one error being relied upon as the basis for reissue; and (3) various other statements under 37 CFR  1.63. Under 37 CFR 1.172 - the reissue oath or declaration must be signed by all of the actual inventors unless: (a) the reissue declaration is being executed by the assignee of the entire right title and interest of the patent (where the reissue application does not enlarge the scope of the claims of the original patent) or (b) the provisions of 37 CFR  1.42, 1.43 or 1.47 are satisfied.

Reissue

Supp reissue dec filed in accord with MPEP 1414.01.

After the first filed reissue oath or declaration, one or more additional reissue oaths or declarations may later be required. For example, if errors not covered by a prior reissue declaration are later corrected during prosecution of the application, then a supplemental reissue oath/declaration under either 37 CFR 1.175(b) or (c) must be filed prior to allowance by the examiner. If any error previously stated in the original reissue oath or declaration is still being corrected, then the supplemental oath/declaration need only state that every error in the patent which was corrected in the present reissue application, and which is not covered by the prior oath(s) and/or declaration(s) submitted in this application, arose without any deceptive intention on the part of the applicant. If no error previously stated in the original reissue oath or declaration is still being corrected, then the supplemental reissue oath or declaration must also specify at least one error being corrected in the reissue application. The supplemental reissue oath or declaration must be signed by the same parties who can sign an original declaration/oath.

Amendment

Applicant Arguments/Remarks Made in an Amendment

A reply by the applicant to an office action must request reconsideration for further examination, must distinctly and specifically point out the supposed errors in the examiner's action and must reply to every ground of objection and rejection in the prior Office action. The reply must present arguments or remarks pointing out the specific distinctions believed to render the claims, including any newly presented claims, patentable over any applied references. In the amendment in reply to a rejection of claims, applicant's arguments or remarks must clearly point out the patentable novelty which he or she thinks the claims present in view of the references cited or the objections made.

Office of Patent Pub

Rescind Nonpublication Request for Pre Grant Pub

An applicant may rescind at any time a prior filed request that an application not be published. This request will result in the publication of the application at eighteen months from the filing date of the application or as of the request to rescind the nonpublication request, whichever is earlier.

Pre-Exam

Rescind Nonpublication Request for Pre Grant Pub

An applicant may rescind at any time a prior filed request that an application not be published. This request will result in the publication of the application at eighteen months from the filing date of the application or as of the request to rescind the nonpublication request, whichever is earlier.

Pre-Grant Pub

Rescind Nonpublication Request for Pre Grant Pub

An applicant may rescind at any time a prior filed request that an application not be published. This request will result in the publication of the application at eighteen months from the filing date of the application or as of the request to rescind the nonpublication request, whichever is earlier.

General Transmittal

Refund Request

A formal request made from the applicant to refund fees paid during the prosecution of an application. The request must include reasons indicating why the fees are to be refunded. Any request for refund must be filed within two years from the date the fee was paid.

General Transmittal

Req for Expedited Processing, Design Rocket Docket

A request is sent by applicant to expedite the processing and examination of a Design application. The request must be received prior to an examiner's action. The request must include a submission of request with fee, drawings, a statement that a preexamination search was conducted indicating the field of search with an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) and that the application is in condition for examination.

Reexamination

Reexam follow-on papers received in OIPE

Any follow-on incoming ex parte reexam papers (control no. 90/xxxxxx or 95/xxxxxx) addressed to the CRU/TC.

Reexamination

Reexam Response to Final Rejection

A response filed by the patent owner in response to a final rejection, which is placed in the file, but not automatically entered; it is entered only if approved by the examiner for entry in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam - Affidavit/Decl/Exhibit Filed by 3rd Party

Reexamination - affidavit(s), declaration(s) and/or exhibit(s) filed by third party requester.

BPAI

Reexamination

Withdrawal of Appeal

Request to withdraw appeal

Reexamination

Reexam Defective Brief Filed

Response filed by appellant to a non-compliant appeal brief for a reexamination proceeding.

BPAI

Reexamination

Request for rehearing to BPAI

Request by appellant for rehearing by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences

Reexamination

Reexam - Correspondence Address Change for 3rd Party

A correspondence address change for third party requester, filed in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Certificate of Mailing

A certificate included with an incoming paper, filed by either the owner or the third party requester, which indicates the date that the paper was deposited in the U.S. mail for filing in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Certificate of Service

A certificate included with an incoming paper, filed by either the owner or the third party requester, which indicates the date that the paper was served on the other party (or parties) in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Court of Appeals Decision Rendered

Notification that a Court of Appeals decision was mailed by the Court in a reexamination proceeding

Reexamination

Reexam Appeal BPAI Decision to Court of Appeals

Notification by owner that the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) decision has been appealed to the Court of Appeals to reverse/overturn the BPAI decision

Reexamination

Reexam Fee Payment Only Filed

An incoming paper filed by the owner or the third party requester, which only includes payment of a fee

Reexamination

Reexam - Info Disclosure Statement Filed by 3rd Party

An Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) filed by third party requester, in a rexamination proceeding .

Reexamination

Reexam Miscellaneous Incoming Letter

A miscellaneous letter filed by either the owner or the third party requester in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Notice of Court Action

A notification filed by any party informing the Office of action taken by the Court with respect to patent being reexamined, or other patent.

Reexamination

Notice of concurrent proceeding(s)

Notice of concurrent proceeding(s) filed by any party informing the Office of concurrent proceeding(s) with respect to the patent being reexamined

Reexamination

Reexam - Opposition filed in response to petition

Opposition paper filed in response to petition

Reexamination

Reexam Timely Patent Owner's Stmnt in Resp to Order

An optional statement filed by patent owner within two months of the mailing of the order that triggers a two month period in which the requester may optionally file a requester's reply to the owner's statement in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Untimely Patent Owner's Stmnt in Resp to Order

An optional third party requester's reply filed by the requester more than two months from the date of service of the owner's "statement" on the requester, and therefore is not timely filed.

Reexamination

Receipt of Original Ex Parte Reexam Request

An incoming original document (request) requesting an ex parte reexamination proceeding

Reexamination

Receipt of Corrected Original Ex Parte Request

An incoming document (request) the corrects a previously filed original (request) document requesting an ex parte reexamination proceeding (a corrected request would be filed in response to the Office's notice of failure of the originally filed request papers to comply with filing date requirements)

Reexamination

Receipt of Orig. Ex Parte Request by Third Party

An incoming original document (request) requesting an ex parte reexamination proceeding, where the request is made by a third party

Reexamination

Reexam Change in Pwr Atty for Third Party Requester

A change in Power of Attorney (POA) for third party requester (May include associate POA).

Reexamination

Copy of patent for which reexamination is requested

The patent copy containing the specification and claims for which patent the reexamination is requested

Reexamination

Receipt of Petition in a Reexam

A petition filed by the requester or owner in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Petition for Review of Reexam Denial

A petition filed by the requester (can be patent owner or third party requester), asking that the decision denying the reexamination request be reconsidered.

Reexamination

Reexam Request for Extension of Time

A letter or petition filed by the owner, requesting an extension of time to respond to the last Office action in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Req for For Priority (Priority Papers May Be Incl)

A letter filed by the owner requesting that foreign priority be given to the patent being reexamined

Reexamination

Request to Merge Reexam Proceedings

A letter requesting that the reexamination be merged with another copending reexamination proceeding for reexamination of the same patent.

Reexamination

Reexam Request to Lift Suspension of Prosecution

A letter requesting that the suspension of the reexamination proceeding be lifted.

Reexamination

Reexam Timely Requester's Reply to an Owner's Statement

An optional requester's reply filed by the requester within two months of the service of the owner's statement on the requester in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Reexam Untimely Reqr Reply to Owner Stmnt

An optional third party requester's reply filed by the requester more than two months from the date of service of the owner's "statement" on the requester, and therefore is not timely filed.

Reexamination

Trans Letter filing of a response in a reexam

A general Transmittal letter accompanying the filing of a paper in a reexamination proceeding.

Amendment

Supplemental Response or Supplemental Amendment

Supplemental Response filed by the applicant at any time during prosecution in response to a communication issued by the USPTO to address informalities, corrections to the application or to augment arguments or a prior amendment submitted.

General Transmittal

Supplemental Response or Supplemental Amendment

Supplemental Response filed by the applicant at any time during prosecution in response to a communication issued by the USPTO to address informalities, corrections to the application or to augment arguments or a prior amendment submitted.

BPAI

Supplemental Appeal Brief

Where prosecution is reopened by the primary examiner after an appeal or reply brief has been filed, appellant must either file a reply to the new office action or request a reinstatement of the appeal to avoid abandonment of the application. If reinstatement of the appeal is requested by appellant, such request must be accompanied by a supplemental appeal brief, but no new amendments, affidavits or other evidence are permitted. The supplemental appeal brief must follow the same rules for filing an appeal brief. Appellant also may file a Supplemental Appeal Brief after filing an Appeal Brief and prior to the Examiner's Answer.

Application Part

Sequence Listing (Text File)

In a patent application, a sequence listing filed as a .txt file is either the "Sequence Listing" under 37 CFR 1.821(c) or the "computer readable form (CRF)" under 37 CFR 1.821(e).

PCT - Application Part

Sequence Listing (Text File)

In a PCT application, the sequence listing is filed as a .txt file either as the "sequence listing part of the description" under PCT Rule 5.2 or the sequence listing in electronic form under PCT Rule 13ter.1.

Application Part

Sequence Listing

Patent applications which contain disclosures of nucleotide and /or amino acid sequences must contain, as a separate part of the disclosure, a paper or electronic copy disclosing the nucleotide and/or amino acid sequences and associated information using the symbols and format established in 37 CFR 1.822 and 1.823.

PCT - Application Part

Sequence Listing

In a PCT application, the "sequence listing part of the description" under PCT Rule 5.2 in paper or electronic format in compliance with the PCT Administrative Instructions. If applicant files the sequence listing as a PDF file, applicant must also file the sequence listing as a .txt file in response to an invitation from the International Searching Authority under PCT Rule 13ter.1.

General Transmittal

Form PTO/SB/94 - SIR Request

An applicant for an original patent may request, at any time during the pendency of applicant 's pending complete application, that the specification and drawings be published as a statutory invention registration (SIR). Any request for publication of a statutory invention registration must include a waiver of the applicant 's right to receive a patent on the invention claimed effective upon the date of publication of the SIR, the required fee, and a statement that the application to which the request is directed complies with the formal requirements for printing as a patent. The application to be published as a SIR must be complete including a specification with a claim or claims, an oath or declaration, and drawings when necessary.

Amendment

Specification

The written description of the invention.

Application Part

Specification

The written portion of the application is submitted by the applicant describing the invention.

PCT - Application Part

Specification

The written portion of the application is submitted by the applicant describing the invention.

Application Part

Specification - Not in English

The written portion of the application is submitted by the applicant describing the invention that is not submitted in English. Note translation requirements under 37 CFR  1.52(d).

Application Part

Statutory disclaimers per MPEP 1490.

A statement in which a patent owner relinquishes legal rights to one or more claims of a patent. Claims of a patent cannot be disclaimed in favor of new claims to be added to the patent or an amendment to existing claims. (For Example: PTO/SB/43)

General Transmittal

Request for status of Application

This letter from the applicant is a simple request for the status of the application, such as the time until a first action can be expected.

PCT - General Transmittal

Request for status of Application

This letter from the applicant is a simple request for the status of the application, such as the time until a first action can be expected.

Application Part

Table in text format

In a PCT application, the only tables that may be filed in .txt format are "Tables relating to sequence listing" in accordance with PCT Administrative Instruction Annex C-bis.

General Transmittal

Patent Term Extension Application Under 35 USC 156

If a product is required to be reviewed by the FDA or the Dept of Agriculture, a patent claiming the product, a method of use of the product, and/or a method of manufacturing the product may be eligible for extension. To obtain an extension, an application must be filed pursuant to 35 USC 156.

General Transmittal

Withdrawal of Application for PTE

If a product is required to be reviewed by the FDA or the Dept of Agriculture, a patent claiming the product, a method of use of the product, and/or a method of manufacturing the product may be eligible for extension. To obtain an extension, an application must be filed pursuant to 35 USC 156.

Application Part

Provisional Cover Sheet (SB16)

A cover sheet for a provisional application indicating the contents of the submission.

General Transmittal

Provisional Cover Sheet (SB16)

A cover sheet for a provisional application indicating the contents of the submission.

General Transmittal

Accelerated Exam - Transmittal amendment/reply

The transmittal accompanying an amendment or reply in an application undergoing accelerated examination.

IDS/References

Transmittal Letter

The applicant provides a transmittal letter such as an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) letter along with an IDS form (PTO/SB/08) at the earliest possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to applicant.

General Transmittal

Transmittal Letter

The applicant provides a transmittal letter such as an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) letter along with an IDS form (PTO/SB/08) at the earliest possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to applicant.

General Transmittal

Transmittal of New Application

A transmittal letter for a new application indicating the contents of the submission, including any accompanying fees.

General Transmittal

Transmittal Reissue Application

Upon filing any papers in the USPTO for a reissue application, applicant includes a transmittal letter stating/listing the contents of the submission, including any fees that may accompany the papers. This filing may include an Express Mail Certificate of Mailing.

Reissue

Transmittal Reissue Application

Upon filing any papers in the USPTO for a reissue application, applicant includes a transmittal letter stating/listing the contents of the submission, including any fees that may accompany the papers. This filing may include an Express Mail Certificate of Mailing.

Application Part

Fee Worksheet (PTO-06)

Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO-875)

General Transmittal

Fee Worksheet (PTO-06)

Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO-875)

PCT - General Transmittal

Fee Worksheet (PTO-06)

Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO-875)

Reexamination

Patent Owner Comments after Action Closing Prosecution

Patent owner amendment/comments filed after Action Closing Prosecution - the paper is placed in the file, but not automatically entered; it is entered only if approved by the examiner for entry in a reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Third Party Requester Comments after Action Closing Prosecution

Third party requester comments filed after Action Closing Prosecution. Can only be filed in response to patent owner amendment/comments after the Action Closing Prosecution.

Reexamination

Appeal Brief-Owner

An Appellant Brief filed by the patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding. The third party requester can then file a Respondent Brief. An Examiner's Answer is then prepared by the Examiner based on the issues of the Brief(s). The appeal is then decided upon by an administrative judge from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences within the PTO. The judge weighs the evidence in the Brief(s) and the Examiner's Answer.

Reexamination

Appeal Brief - Third Party Requester

An Appellant Brief filed by the third party requester in an inter partes reexamination proceeding. The patent owner can then file a Respondent Brief. An Examiner's Answer is then prepared by the Examiner based on the issues of the Brief(s). The appeal is then decided upon by an administrative judge from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences within the PTO. The judge weighs the evidence in the Brief(s) and the Examiner's Answer.

Reexamination

Withdrawal of Appeal

Letter filed by either the Patent Owner or the 3rd Party Requester in an inter partes reexamination proceeding requesting the withdrawal of the Appeal.

Reexamination

Patent Owner Appeal to the Federal Circuit Filed

Appeal filed by patent owner to the Federal Circuit

Reexamination

Requester Appeal to the Federal Circuit

An Appeal to the Federal Circuit filed by third party requester

Reexamination

Patent Owner Response after Board Decision

Response filed by patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding after a decision by the Board of amendment Patent Appeals and Interferences pursuant to 37 CFR 41.77-41.79.

Reexamination

Requester Comments on Patent Owner Response after Board Decision

Comments filed by third party requester after Patent Owner Response and Board Decision

Reexamination

Oral Hearing Request-Owner

Request filed by patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding requesting an oral hearing.

Reexamination

Oral Hearing Request - Third Party Requester

In an inter partes reexamination proceeding, after an examiner issues a Right of Appeal Notice, a third party requester may participate in the appeal process. As such, the third party requester may file a request for an oral hearing by the Board.

Reexamination

Defective Notice of Appeal or Cross Appeal Filed

Defective Notice of Appeal or Cross Appeal Filed

Reexamination

Notice of Appeal - Requester

In an inter partes reexamination proceeding, after an examiner issues a Right of Appeal Notice (RAN), the patent owner and a third party requester may both participate in the appeal process. As such, the patent owner and the third party may each file a Notice of Appeal in response to the RAN. A Notice of Appeal may also be filed with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, after a final agency Board decision.

Reexamination

Notice of Cross Appeal - Owner

Patent owner filed a Notice of Cross Appeal in an Inter Partes Reexam

Reexamination

Notice of Cross Appeal - Third Party Requester

Third party requester filed a Notice of Cross Appeal in an Inter Partes Reexam

Reexamination

Receipt of Original Inter Partes Reexam Request

A Request for Inter Partes Reexamination of a patent filed by a third party requester

Reexamination

Receipt of Corrected Original Inter Partes Request

Incoming document (request) that corrects previously filed original (request) document requesting an inter partes reexamination proceeding (a corrected request would be filed in response to the Office's notice of failure to comply with reexamination request filing date requirements)

Reexamination

Rebuttal Brief - Owner

Rebuttal Brief filed by patent owner after an Examiner's Answer has been issued in an inter partes reexamination proceeding

Reexamination

Rebuttal Brief - Requester

Rebuttal Brief filed by a third party requester after an Examiner's Answer has been issued in an inter partes reexamination proceeding

Reexamination

Third Party Requester Comments after Non-final Action

Third party requester Comments after Non-final Action

Reexamination

Petition received re:Denial of a Request

Petition filed by third party requester in an inter partes reexamination proceeding seeking review of the PTO's denial for inter partes reexamination.

Reexamination

Patent Owner request for Rehearing

Request filed by patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding for rehearing of the decision rendered by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Reexamination

Requester Request for Rehearing after Board Decision

A Request for Rehearing after Board Decision filed by third party requestor

BPAI

Reexamination

Patent Owner Comments on Req for Rehearing timely

A Request from the Patent Owner requesting a timely rehearing

BPAI

Reexamination

Requester Comments on Req for Rehearing timely

Requester comment on a request for a timely rehearing

Reexamination

Respondent Brief - Owner

Patent owner filed a Respondent Brief, after an Appellant Brief was filed by the third party requester in an inter partes reexamination proceeding.

Reexamination

Respondent Brief - Requester

A Respondent Brief filed by third party requester after an Appellant Brief has been filed by the patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding

Reexamination

Patent Owner Comments on Examiner's Determination after Board Decision

Patent owner filed Comments on Examiner's Determination after Board Decision With New Ground of Rejection

Reexamination

Pat Ownr Rep to Reqr Cmnts-Exam Deter after Brd Decn W/ New Grnd of Rej

Reply filed by patent owner to requester Comments on Examiner's Determination after Board Decision With New Ground of Rejection

Reexamination

Reqr Comments on Examiners Determ after Board Decision

Comments filed by third party requester, after Patent Owner Response after Board Decision

Reexamination

Pat Ownr Rep to Reqr Cmnts-Exam Deter after Brd Decn W/ New Grnd of Rej-Timely

Reply filed by Third Party Requester to Patent Owner Reply on Examiner's Determination after Board Decision With New Ground of Rejection

Reexamination

Expedited Request for a Right of Appeal Notice

An Expedited Request for a Right of Appeal Notice is filed by either party w/agreement of other party

General Transmittal

Extension of Time

If applicant is required to respond within a shortened statutory time, the applicant may extend that period up to the maximum 6 month period set by statute by filling a written request and the appropriate fee.

PCT - General Transmittal

Extension of Time

If applicant is required to respond within a shortened statutory time, the applicant may extend that period up to the maximum 6 month period set by statute by filing a written request and the appropriate fee.

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