United States Patent and Trademark Office November 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Patent Application Backlog Reduction Stimulus Plan
Document Number: E9-28373
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a procedure under which an application will be advanced out of turn (accorded special status) for examination if the applicant files a petition to make special with the appropriate showing. The USPTO is providing an additional temporary basis under which a small entity applicant may have an application accorded special status for examination if the applicant expressly abandons another copending unexamined application. This procedure will allow small entity applicants having multiple applications currently pending before the USPTO to have greater control over the priority with which their applications are examined while also stimulating a reduction of the backlog of unexamined patent applications pending before the USPTO.
Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 4,971,802; MIFAMURTIDE
Document Number: E9-26998
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-11-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a certificate under 35 U.S.C. 156(d)(5) for a third one-year interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 4,971,802.