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                                                                              EFS-Web Document Descriptions
                                                                                EFS-Web Document Description List
                                                                                                Updated 11/10/2010

         Category                       EFS-Web Document Description                                        USPTO Business Process                                    DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
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                                                                                37 CFR 1.136 is the patent rule governing extensions of time. A constructive                        AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                petition for an extension of time should be document indexed as 136A, and is                          DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                treated as requesting an extension of time for any paper needing an extension of                      DESIGN         FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Authorization for Extension of Time all replies                                                                                                 136A
                                                                                time to be treated as timely filed. In accordance with 37 CFR 1.136(a)(3), there                     PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                                are two types of deposit account authorizations that may be treated as a                             PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                constructive petition for time for any concurrent or future reply.                               REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
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                                                                                For an international application designating the United States, to begin the
                                                                                national stage, an applicant files International Bureau documents including the                        371             NEW
Application Part      Documents submitted with 371 Applications                                                                                                       371P
                                                                                international application, a translation if necessary, and other documents such as                     371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                an international search report and a preliminary examination report.
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                                                                                Amendment filed by the applicant in response to a non-final office action issued                    DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment             Amendment/Req. Reconsideration-After Non-Final Reject                                                                                            A...
                                                                                by the Examiner based on the merits of the application.                                             REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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                                                                                When applicant files an amendment after the Notice of Allowance has been
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                                                                                mailed but before the issue fee is paid, the amendment is not entered
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Amendment             Amendment after Notice of Allowance (Rule 312)            automatically. It may only be entered upon recommendation of a Primary                A.NA
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                                                                                Examiner. It will not be entered if it requires additional search or more than
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                                                                                cursory review.
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                                                                                Amendment provided by the applicant after the Examiner closes prosecution with
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Amendment             Amendment After Final                                     a final rejection. Amendment is not automatically entered by the Examiner. It will    A.NE
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                                                                                not be entered if it requires additional search or more than cursory review.
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                                                                                Amendment filed by the applicant prior to the Examiner issuing an office action
Amendment             Preliminary Amendment                                                                                                                           A.PE           REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                that is based on the merits of the application.
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                                                                                An Ex parte Quayle action is an Office action noting that all claims are allowable
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                                                                                and the application is in condition for allowance except as to matters of form such
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Amendment             Response after Ex Parte Quayle Action                     as correction of the specification or a new oath. An Ex parte Quayle action closes    A.QU
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                                                                                prosecution on the merits. A proper response from the applicant to an Ex parte
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                                                                                Quayle action is limited to correcting these matters of form.
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                                                                                A portion of the application, as submitted by the applicant, that gives a brief                      DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Amendment             Abstract                                                                                                                                        ABST
                                                                                overview of the disclosed invention.                                                                 REEXAM            NEW
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                                                                                   EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                             EFS-Web Document Description                                       USPTO Business Process                                     DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                              371             NEW
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                                                                                     A portion of the application, as submitted by the applicant, that gives a brief                       PROVSNL            NEW
Application Part         Abstract                                                                                                                                           ABST
                                                                                     overview of the disclosed invention.                                                                  PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
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                                                                                     Applicants may file supplemental protein structure content in PDB-compatible text                       PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part   Abstract                                                                                                                                           ABST
                                                                                     format (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.                                      PCT           FOLLOWON
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                                                                                     Applicant may submit an amendment at the time of the filing of a Request for
Continued Prosecution    Continued Prosecution Application - Continuation (ACPA)                                                                                            ACPA            DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                     Continued Prosecution Application (CPA)
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                                                                                     The application data sheet is a sheet voluntarily submitted in either provisional or                   DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                     nonprovisional applications and contains bibliographic data, arranged in a format                     PROVSNL            NEW
Application Part         Application Data Sheet                                      specified by the USPTO in 37 CFR § 1.76. Supplemental application data sheets          ADS            PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                     may be submitted prior to payment of the issue fee either to correct or update                        REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                     information in a previously submitted application data sheet.                                         REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                     is not prior art under 35 U.S.C. 102(b), and the inventions defined by the claims in
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                     the application or patent under reexamination and by the claims in the patent or
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                                                                                     published application are not identical but are not patentably distinct, and the
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                                                                                     inventions are owned by the same party, the applicant or owner of the patent
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                     under reexamination may disqualify the patent or patent application publication as
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Application Part         Rule 130, 131 or 132 Affidavits                             prior art by submission of an affidavit under Rule 130 stating common ownership        AF/D
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                                                                                     and stating that the inventor named is the prior inventor. When a reference
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                                                                                     applied by the Examiner has a patent or publication date less than 1 year before
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                                                                                     the U.S. filing date of the application being examined, applicant may file an
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                                                                                     affidavit under Rule 131 to show prior inventorship to overcome the rejection.
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                                                                                     Evidence submitted by applicant to overcome a rejection or objection on a basis
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                                                                                     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
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                                                                                     Applicant may submit an amendment at the time of the filing of a Request for
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment                Amendment Submitted/Entered with Filing of CPA/RCE          Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) or a Request for Continued                     AMSB
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                                                                                     Examination (RCE).
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                                                                                     Applicant may submit an amendment at the time of the filing of a Request for                         DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Continued Prosecution    Amendment Submitted/Entered with Filing of CPA/RCE                                                                                                 AMSB
                                                                                     Continued Prosecution Application (CPA)                                                              REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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                                                                                     After two rejections from the Examiner, applicant (now appellant) may file an
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                                                                                     Appeal Brief of the Examiner's decision. The appeal is to be decided upon by an
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                     Appeal Brief Filed                                          administrative patent judge from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences         AP.B
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                     within the USPTO. The judge weighs the evidence in the Appeal Brief and in an
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                                                                                     Examiner's Answer to reach a decision.
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                                                                     EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                     EFS-Web Document Description                                USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   371          FOLLOWON
                                                                       Request filed by applicant to have a panel of examiners formally review the legal
                                                                                                                                                                                DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Pre-Brief Conference request                       and factual basis of the rejections in their application prior to the filing of an    AP.PRE.REQ
                                                                                                                                                                                REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                       appeal brief.
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                                                                       An amendment may be filed at any time after final rejection, but before the
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                                                                       jurisdiction of the case has passed to the Board of Patent Appeals and
                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment           Amendment/Argument after Notice of Appeal          Interferences. However, after the Notice of Appeal has been filed by applicant,         AP/A
                                                                                                                                                                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                       any amendment or argument filed by applicant is not normally entered unless the
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                                                                       paper presented clearly places the application in condition for allowance.

                                                                       An amendment may be filed at any time after final rejection, but before the
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                                                                       jurisdiction of the case has passed to the Board of Patent Appeals and
                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Amendment/Argument after Notice of Appeal          Interferences. However, after the Notice of Appeal has been filed by applicant,         AP/A
                                                                                                                                                                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                       any amendment or argument filed by applicant is not normally entered unless the
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                                                                       paper presented clearly places the application in condition for allowance.
                                                                       Appellant may file a request to withdraw an appeal to the Board of Patent                                 371           FOLLOWON
                                                                       Appeals and Interferences. If no claims are allowed, the withdrawal is an express                       DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Request to Withdraw Appeal by Appellant                                                                                                    AP/W
                                                                       abandonment. If some claims are allowed, the withdrawal is the equivalent of an                         REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                       amendment canceling the appealed claims.                                                                UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                       An affidavit, declaration or exhibit may be filed after the Notice of Appeal.
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                                                                       However, after the jurisdiction of the case has passed to the Board of Patent
                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Affidavit/Dec/Exhibit after Notice of Appeal       Appeals and Interferences, an affidavit, declaration or exhibit may be considered       APAF
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                                                                       by the Examiner only in the case that the Board remands the case to the
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                                                                       Examiner for that purpose.
                                                                       Appellant may request an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and
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                                                                       Interferences. In response to that request, a notice of the hearing stating the
                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Confirmation of Hearing by Appellant               date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board. The appellant        APCH
                                                                                                                                                                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                       must send a confirmation within a stated time period confirming that appellant will
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                                                                       attend.
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                                                                       Appellant may request an oral hearing before the Board of Patent Appeals and
                                                                                                                                                                                 DESIGN        FOLLOWON
BPAI                Request for Oral Hearing                           Interferences. In response to that request, a notice of the hearing stating the        APOH
                                                                                                                                                                                REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                       date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board.
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                                                                       Applicants may file supplemental chemical content in InChI text format (i.e., .txt                       PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Application Part    Chemical Formulae (Text File)                                                                                                            APP.TXT.CHEM
                                                                       file) to facilitate prosecution of application.                                                          REEXAM            NEW
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                                                                       Applicants may file supplemental mathematical content in MathML text format                              PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Application Part    Mathematical Formulae (Text File)                                                                                                        APP.TXT.MATH
                                                                       (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.                                              REEXAM            NEW
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                                                                       Applicants may file supplemental protein structure content in PDB-compatible text                        PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Application Part    3D Protein Crystals (Text File)                                                                                                          APP.TXT.PDB
                                                                       format (i.e., .txt file) to facilitate prosecution of application.                                       REEXAM            NEW
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                                                                       EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                       EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                       DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                    371             NEW
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                                                                         A sequence listing table or a computer program of greater than a specified size
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Application Part    Appendix to the Specification                        must be submitted as an appendix to the specification and be provided on a               APPENDIX
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                                                                         compact disc.
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                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                  371           FOLLOWON
                                                                         date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board. The appellant
                                                                                                                                                                                DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Appeal Postponement of Oral Hearing Request          must send a confirmation within a stated time period confirming that appellant will      APPH
                                                                                                                                                                                REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                         attend. If appellant cannot attend at the designated time, appellant may request a
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                                                                         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.
                                                                         In response to an Examiner's Answer prepared by the Examiner following                                   371           FOLLOWON
                                                                         appellant's appeal brief to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences,                             DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Reply Brief Filed                                                                                                                             APRB
                                                                         appellant has a right to file a reply brief within two months of the mailing date of                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                         the Examiner's Answer.                                                                                 UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                  371           FOLLOWON
                                                                         date, time and docket is forwarded to the appellant by the Board. The appellant
                                                                                                                                                                                DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Waiver of Hearing by Appellant                       must send a confirmation within a stated time period confirming that appellant will      APWH
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                                                                         attend. If appellant no longer can or wishes to attend the scheduled hearing,
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                                                                         appellant should inform the Board of a of waiver of hearing at the earliest possible
                                                                         opportunity.
                                                                         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.
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                                                                         However, if the amendment is submitted with a request for continued
                                                                                                                                                                                DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment           Amendment/Argument after BPAI Decision               examination, the prosecution of the application will be reopened and the                  BD.A
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                                                                         amendment will be entered. If the amendment obviously places an application in
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                                                                         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.

                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                  371           FOLLOWON
                                                                         rehearing of a decision must be approved by the TC Director and must also be
                                                                                                                                                                                DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment           Request for Rehearing of BPAI Decision               forwarded to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination                BDRR
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                                                                         Policy for approval before mailing. The request should set a period of 1 month for
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                                                                         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.
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                                                                         A request for rehearing filed by appellant for a rehearing of the original decision of                 DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                Request for Rehearing of BPAI Decision                                                                                                        BDRR
                                                                         the Board.                                                                                             REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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                                                                       EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                        EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
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                                                                         Where an attorney or agent of record (or applicant, if he or she is prosecuting the                     DESIGN            NEW
                                                                         application pro se) changes his or her correspondence address, he or she is                             DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                         responsible for promptly notifying the USPTO of the new correspondence                                 PROVSNL            NEW
Change Requests        Change of Address.                                                                                                                        C.AD
                                                                         address (including ZIP Code). The notification should also include his or her                          PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                         telephone number. A change of correspondence address must be signed by an                              REEXAM             NEW
                                                                         attorney or agent of record.                                                                           REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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                                                                         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                       371
                                                                         is unknown and/or is not readily available to the party or parties from which it was                  DESIGN
Change Requests        Response to Rule 105 Communication                                                                                                        C105                          FOLLOWON
                                                                         requested. There is no requirement for the applicant to show that the required                        REEXAM
                                                                         information was not readily attainable, but applicant is required to make a good                      UTILITY
                                                                         faith attempt to obtain the information and to make a reasonable inquiry once the
                                                                         information is requested.

                                                                         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                       371
                                                                         is unknown and/or is not readily available to the party or parties from which it was                  DESIGN
General Transmittal    Response to Rule 105 Communication                                                                                                        C105                          FOLLOWON
                                                                         requested. There is no requirement for the applicant to show that the required                        REEXAM
                                                                         information was not readily attainable, but applicant is required to make a good                      UTILITY
                                                                         faith attempt to obtain the information and to make a reasonable inquiry once the
                                                                         information is requested.

                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                  371          FOLLOWON
                                                                         mailing of the Notice of Allowance to avoid abandonment of the application.
Office of Patent Pub   Request for Corrected Notice of Allowance                                                                                                 C680           DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                         Applicant may file necessary amendments, assignments, petitions, information
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                                                                         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.
                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                 371           FOLLOWON
                                                                         through the fault of the Office, wherein the mistake is clearly disclosed in the
                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Office of Patent Pub   Request for New or Replacement Patent Grant       records of the Office. If the nature of the mistake on the part of the Office is such   C694
                                                                                                                                                                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                         that a certificate of correction is deemed inappropriate in form, the USPTO may
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                                                                         issue a corrected patent as a more appropriate form for correction, without
                                                                         expense to the patentee.
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                                                                         When an application is initially filed, applicant is informed of the application
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                                                                         number and filing date by a filing receipt sent out by the USPTO. If applicant
Pre-Exam               Request for Corrected Filing Receipt                                                                                                      CFILE         PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                         discovers an error in the filing receipt, applicant may send a request to the
                                                                                                                                                                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                         USPTO to correct the error.
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                                                                           EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                           EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                         DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
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                                                                             The claim is that part of a patent application particularly pointing out and distinctly
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Amendment                Claims                                              claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention or                CLM
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                                                                             discovery.
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                                                                             The claim is that part of a patent application particularly pointing out and distinctly                   PROVSNL            NEW
Application Part         Claims                                              claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention or                CLM            PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                             discovery.                                                                                                REEXAM             NEW
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                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        PGPUB          FOLLOWON
                                                                             The claim is that part of a patent application particularly pointing out and distinctly
                                                                                                                                                                                        PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part   Claims                                              claiming the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention or                CLM
                                                                                                                                                                                        PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                             discovery.
                                                                             Whenever a mistake of a minor character appears in a patent and a showing has
                                                                                                                                                                                        371           FOLLOWON
                                                                             been made that such mistake occurred in good faith, the applicant may request
                                                                                                                                                                                      DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Office of Patent Pub     Request for Certificate of Correction               that the USPTO issue a certificate of correction. The certificate is then attached         COCIN
                                                                                                                                                                                      REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                             to each printed copy of the patent, and the certificate is considered as part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                      UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                             original patent.
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                             Computer program listings may be submitted in patent applications when                                   AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                             necessary for the purpose of providing the appropriate sequence of instructions,                          PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                             routines, and other contents of a program for a computer. If the computer                                 PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Application Part         Computer Listing (text file)                        program listing is sufficiently short, it may be submitted either as drawings or as       COMPUTER        REEXAM            NEW
                                                                             part of the specification. Longer computer program listings must be submitted on                          REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                             a compact disc. A compact disc containing such a computer program listing is                          REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                             referred to as a "." The not be part of the printed patent.                                                UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        PGPUB         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN           NEW
                                                                             In an application with a sequence listing, applicant must submit a copy of the                             DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                             "Sequence Listing" in computer readable form (CRF). In addition to a compact                              PROVSNL           NEW
General Transmittal      CRF Statement Paper and CRF are the same                                                                                                        CRFS
                                                                             disc copy, a paper copy is required along with a statement that the "Sequence                             PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                             Listing" content of the paper and the computer readable copy are the same.                                REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                                  EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                         EFS-Web Document Description                                          USPTO Business Process                                    DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) is filed by applicant before
                                                                                    abandonment or termination of proceedings of a prior application and requests
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                    express abandonment of that prior application. The CPA discloses and claims
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_DESIGN          NEW
Continued Prosecution    Continuing Prosecution Application - Divisional (DCPA)     only subject matter disclosed in the prior application. The CPA may be either a         DCPA
                                                                                                                                                                                         DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                    continuation or a Divisional CPA. In the Divisional CPA (DCPA), applicant
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                    requests prosecution of claims that were directed to the non-elected invention in
                                                                                    the prior application.
                                                                                                                                                                                            371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                            371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                    A timely filed terminal disclaimer may be filed by applicant to overcome an actual
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                    or provisional rejection based on a nonstatutory double patenting ground provided
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                    the conflicting application or patent is shown to be commonly owned with this
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Application Part         Terminal Disclaimer Filed                                  application. The purpose of a terminal disclaimer is to obviate a double patenting    DIST
                                                                                                                                                                                         REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                    rejection by removing the potential harm to the public by issuing a second patent,
                                                                                                                                                                                         REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    and not to remove a patent as prior art. (For Example: PTO/SB/25 or
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                    PTO/SB/26)
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                            371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                            371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                    One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject                             DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Amendment                Drawings-only black and white line drawings                                                                                                      DRW
                                                                                    matter sought to be patented.                                                                        REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                            371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                            371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                                    One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject
Application Part         Drawings-only black and white line drawings                                                                                                      DRW            PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    matter sought to be patented.
                                                                                                                                                                                         REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          PGPUB         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Where it is necessary to understand the invention, a complete application must                         PCT             NEW
PCT - Application Part   Drawings-only black and white line drawings                                                                                                      DRW
                                                                                    include drawings illustrating the disclosed invention.                                                 PCT          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                            371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                            371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                    One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject                           AE_UTILITY      FOLLOWON
Amendment                Drawings-other than black and white line drawings          matter sought to be patented where the drawings is other than a black and white      DRW.NONBW       REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                    line drawing.                                                                                        REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                     REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                                EFS-Web Document Descriptions
           Category                           EFS-Web Document Description                                    USPTO Business Process                                    DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                  One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject
Application Part            Drawings-other than black and white line drawings                                                                                          DRW.NONBW          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                  matter sought to be patented.
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                  One or more drawings where necessary for the understanding of the subject                                 PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      Drawings-other than black and white line drawings                                                                                          DRW.NONBW
                                                                                  matter sought to be patented.                                                                             PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                  At any time during the prosecution of the application, applicant may file a letter
General Transmittal         Letter Express Abandonment of the application                                                                                                 EABN            PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                  expressly abandoning the application.
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                  Applications are normally published 18 months after they are filed. Applicant may
Pre-Grant Pub               Request for Early Publication                                                                                                              EARLYPUB            DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                  request that his or her application be published earlier than that date.
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                                           371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                  make a restriction requirement when an application may properly support
                                                                                                                                                                                         DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment                   Response to Election / Restriction Filed              separate patents and they are either independent or distinct. The Examiner may         ELC.
                                                                                                                                                                                         REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                  make this request either over the telephone, in which case the applicant's
                                                                                                                                                                                         UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                  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.
                                                                                                                                                                                            371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                            371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                  The Office of License and Review (L&R) offers a service to Petition for Expedited                     AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                  Foreign Filing License. The Office will render a decision on the petition within 3                      DESIGN            NEW
General Transmittal         Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.                                                                                            EXPD.LICENSE
                                                                                  business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in                          DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                  L&R, or via EFS-Web.                                                                                   PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                            371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                            371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                  The Office of License and Review (L&R) offers a service to Petition for Expedited                     AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                  Foreign Filing License. The Office will render a decision on the petition within 3                      DESIGN            NEW
Petition                    Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.                                                                                            EXPD.LICENSE
                                                                                  business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in                          DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                  L&R, or via EFS-Web.                                                                                   PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                  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                       PCT              NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.                                                                                            EXPD.LICENSE
                                                                                  business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in                           PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                  L&R, or via EFS-Web.
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                                                                                     EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                                EFS-Web Document Description                                     USPTO Business Process                                          DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                       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                            PCT              NEW
PCT - Petition                 Petition for Expedited Foreign Filing Licenses.                                                                                                   EXPD.LICENSE
                                                                                       business days. The Petitions are received by hand carry, facsimile directly in                                PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                       L&R, or via EFS-Web.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                       Applicant files a reply in compliance with 37 CFR 1.111 to a Pre-inteview
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
First Action Interview Pilot   Reply under 1.111 to Pre-Interview Communication        Communication. Applicant waives First Action Interview, waives receipt of the                FAI.A..
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                       First Action Interview Office Action and files a formal amendment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                       The applicant files the request for first action interview prior to the first office                           371          FOLLOWON
First Action Interview Pilot   First action interview - Enrollment Request                                                                                                         FAI.REQ
                                                                                       action on the merits.                                                                                        UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                       The applicant files the request for first action interview prior to the first office                           371          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal            First action interview - Enrollment Request                                                                                                         FAI.REQ
                                                                                       action on the merits.                                                                                        UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                       The applicant files the request for first action interview prior to the first office                           371          FOLLOWON
Pilot Programs                 First action interview - Enrollment Request                                                                                                         FAI.REQ
                                                                                       action on the merits.                                                                                        UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                       The applicant files the request for to schedule the interview under first action                               371          FOLLOWON
First Action Interview Pilot   First Action Interview - Schedule Interview Request                                                                                               FAI.REQ.INTV
                                                                                       interview pilot.                                                                                             UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                       Applicants file a communication in response to a Pre-inteview Communication in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
First Action Interview Pilot   Request to Not Have a First Action Interview            which applicant requests to not have a first action interview and proceed directly        FAI.REQ.WD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                       to First Action Interview Office action with no intervening amendment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                       Applicants file a communication in response to a Pre-inteview Communication in
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal            Request to Not Have a First Action Interview            which applicant requests to not have a first action interview and proceed directly        FAI.REQ.WD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                       to First Action Interview Office action with no intervening amendment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    DESIGN         FOLLOWON
IDS/References                 Foreign Reference                                       Foreign references submitted by the applicant for consideration by the examiner.            FOR
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                       An application may be entitled to the benefit of the filing date of a prior application
                                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                       filed in a foreign country, to overcome an intervening reference or for similar
                                                                                                                                                                                                    DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                       purposes. As part of claiming the benefit of foreign priority, applicant is required
                                                                                                                                                                                                    DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Application Part               Translation of Foreign Priority Documents               to file a certified copy of the original foreign application, specification, and          FR TRANS
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                       drawings upon which it is based. If the priority papers are not in the English
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                       language, a translation is required that may be filed with the priority papers or at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                       later time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
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                                                                           EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                       EFS-Web Document Description                                       USPTO Business Process                                     DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                             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                            371           FOLLOWON
                                                                             parties to claim the same patentable invention as expressed in the summary of                            DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment             Amendment Copy Claims/Response to Suggested Claims                                                                                              IACS
                                                                             the invention or elsewhere in the disclosure or claims is present. When an                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                             examiner suggests a claim, the applicant will be required to copy verbatim as                            UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                             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.
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                             The applicant provides an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) at the earliest                           DESIGN           NEW
                                                                             possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to                             DESIGN        FOLLOWON
IDS/References        Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) Filed                                                                                                    IDS
                                                                             applicant. The Examiner is to considered each reference cited in the IDS prior to                         REEXAM            NEW
                                                                             the next Office action on the merits.                                                                     REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                             When applicant transmits the issue fee payments on an issue fee transmittal
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN        FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Issue Fee Payment (PTO-85B)                            form, the payment of that fee in Revenue Accounting and Management (RAM)                 IFEE
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                             system is recorded on that form.
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                             This letter from the applicant provides the applicant's summary of an interview                            DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Amendment             Applicant summary of interview with examiner                                                                                                  INTRVIEW.APP
                                                                             held with the examiner.                                                                                   REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                             This letter from the applicant provides the applicant's summary of an interview                            DESIGN        FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Applicant summary of interview with examiner                                                                                                  INTRVIEW.APP
                                                                             held with the examiner.                                                                                   REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                             Requests coming into Licensing and Review include expedited licensing requests
                                                                                                                                                                                       PROVSNL           NEW
General Transmittal   Any request going to L R                               for foreign filing, retroactive licensing requests and responses to property rights       L_R IN
                                                                                                                                                                                       PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                             potential claims from NASA or the Department of Energy.
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                             A miscellaneous incoming letter from applicant shall be submitted any time during
                                                                                                                                                                                       PROVSNL           NEW
General Transmittal   Miscellaneous Incoming Letter                          prosecution that is not directed to a requirement, notice or Office action sent by       LET.
                                                                                                                                                                                       PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                             the USPTO.
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                      EFS-Web Document Descriptions
          Category                     EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                         DOC CODE       FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                        A miscellaneous incoming letter from applicant shall be submitted any time during
Application Part      Miscellaneous Incoming Letter                     prosecution that is not directed to a requirement, notice or Office action sent by         LET.             PG PUB
                                                                        the USPTO.
                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                        An applicant may file a petition to suspend action in an application for a specific                         DESIGN            NEW
                                                                        period of time for good and sufficient reasons. An example would be where a                                 DESIGN         FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Letter Requesting Suspension of Prosecution       request for continued examination is made before a preliminary amendment is                M856             REEXAM            NEW
                                                                        filed. The suspension would be requested to prevent having the case examined                                REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                        before the preliminary amendment is entered.                                                            REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                        Interviews with examiners concerning applications and other matters pending                                 DESIGN            NEW
                                                                        before the Office must be conducted on Office premises and within Office hours.                             DESIGN         FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Letter Requesting Interview with Examiner         An interview should normally be arranged for in advance, as by letter or                   M865             REEXAM            NEW
                                                                        telephone call, in order to insure that the primary examiner and/or the examiner in                         REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                        charge of the application will be present and available in the Office.                                  REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                        After two rejections from the Examiner, applicant may file an Appeal Notice
                                                                                                                                                                                     371           FOLLOWON
                                                                        noting that applicant (now appellant) is appealing the Examiner's decision. The
                                                                                                                                                                                   DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                  Notice of Appeal Filed                            appeal is to be decided upon by an administrative patent judge from the Board of           N/AP
                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                        Patent Appeals and Interferences within the USPTO. The judge weighs the
                                                                                                                                                                                   UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                        evidence in the Appeal Brief and in an Examiner's Answer to reach a decision.
                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                        Communication is received from applicant after allowance of an application and                              DESIGN         FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Post Allowance Communication - Incoming                                                                                                      N427
                                                                        prior to publication thereof.                                                                               REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                        Transmittal letter is filed by applicant during prosecution of an application                               DESIGN         FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   New or Additional Drawings                                                                                                                   NDRW
                                                                        indicating that new or additional drawings were submitted.                                                  REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    DESIGN            NEW
                                                                        Non-patent U.S. references submitted by the applicant for consideration by the                              DESIGN         FOLLOWON
IDS/References        NPL Documents                                                                                                                                NPL
                                                                        examiner.                                                                                                   REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                        In ex parte reexamination proceedings, patent owners are required to file a notice
                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination         Notice of concurrent proceedings / decisions      of concurrent proceedings and decisions on such proceedings in which the patent          NTC.CONCPROC
                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                        is or was involved.
                                                                        In ex parte reexamination proceedings, patent owners are required to file a notice
                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
Reissue               Notice of concurrent proceedings / decisions      of concurrent proceedings and decisions on such proceedings in which the patent          NTC.CONCPROC
                                                                                                                                                                                REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                        is or was involved.
                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                     371           FOLLOWON
                                                                        art consisting of patents or printed publications which are stated to be pertinent
                                                                                                                                                                                   DESIGN          FOLLOWON
IDS/References        1.501 Submission by Patent Owner                  and applicable to the patent and believed to have a bearing on the patentability of        O501
                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                        any claim of the patent. The period of enforceability is the length of the term of
                                                                                                                                                                                   UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                        the patent plus the 6 years under the statute of limitations for bringing an
                                                                        infringement action.
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                                                                                            EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                             EFS-Web Document Description                                                     USPTO Business Process                                       DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                             AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                             AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                   Each inventor must make an oath or declaration that he/she believes
                                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   himself/herself to be the original and first inventor of the subject matter of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                                                   application, and he/she must make various other statements under 37 CFR §
Application Part            Oath or Declaration filed                                                                                                                                       OATH              PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   1.63, As set forth in 37 CFR § 1.64, the oath or declaration must be signed by all
                                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                                   of the actual inventors except as provided for in 37 CFR §§ 1.42, 1.43, 1.47, or
                                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   1.67.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PGPUB          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   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 §                                   PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      Oath or Declaration filed                                                                                                                                       OATH
                                                                                                   1.63, As set forth in 37 CFR § 1.64, the oath or declaration must be signed by all                          PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   of the actual inventors except as provided for in 37 CFR §§ 1.42, 1.43, 1.47, or
                                                                                                   1.67.
                                                                                                   If the invention in an international application pertains to a microorganism or other
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      RO/134 - Deposited Microorganisms/Bio Material                         biological material, the applicants use this form to document that they have              P.134
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   fulfilled their obligation to deposit a sample with an appropriate authority.
                                                                                                   Where a sequence listing is provided in both computer readable and in paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      Seq Listing Cover Sheet/Stmt under PCT Rule 13ter                      form, the applicant supplies a statement verifying that the content of the two          P.13TER.STMT
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   forms is the same.
                                                                                                   Where a sequence listing is provided in both computer readable and in paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT              NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Seq Listing Cover Sheet/Stmt under PCT Rule 13ter                      form, the applicant supplies a statement verifying that the content of the two          P.13TER.STMT
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   forms is the same.
                                                                                                   The International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/217) to notify the
PCT - General Transmittal                                                                          applicant and the International Bureau of its decision to authorize or refuse a           P.217.IN          PCT           FOLLOWON
                            ISA/217 - Notification of Decision Req for Rectification               request for rectification. See PCT Rule 91.1(f).
                                                                                                   The International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/224) to
PCT - General Transmittal                                                                          communicate information to the applicant or another Authority in situations where         P.224.IN          PCT           FOLLOWON
                            ISA/224 – Communication-No Other Form is Applicable                    no other form more particularly pertains.
                                                                                                   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
PCT - General Transmittal                                                                                                                                                                    P.225.IN          PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   Administrative Instructions, the International Searching Authority uses this form
                                                                                                   (PCT/ISA/225) to invite the applicant to furnish a proper sequence listing. See
                            ISA/225 - Invitation to Furnish Nucleotide/Amino Acid/Related Tables   PCT Rule 13ter.1(a).
                                                                                                   The International Searching Authority uses this form (PCT/ISA/234) to transmit a
PCT - General Transmittal                                                                                                                                                                    P.234.IN          PCT           FOLLOWON
                            ISA-234-Notif, of Trans of Demand to IB or the Competent IPEA          demand (Form PCT/IPEA/401) to another Authority.
                                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 92bis, the applicant may submit changes to the person, name,
PCT - Change Request        Request for recording of a change/PCT Rule 92bis                                                                                                                P.92BIS            PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   residence, nationality or address of the applicant, inventor or agent (attorney).
                                                                                                   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                                PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      Corp. Resolution/Auth to act on behalf of Corp.                                                                                                                P.CORP.RES
                                                                                                   needed in order to delegate authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the                              PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   corporate entity to one or more people.
                                                                                                   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                                PCT              NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Corp. Resolution/Auth to act on behalf of Corp.                                                                                                                P.CORP.RES
                                                                                                   needed in order to delegate authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the                              PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   corporate entity to one or more people.
                                                                                                   A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore
PCT - Application Part      Fee payment - International Application                                (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens,                        P.FEE.PYMT          PCT              NEW
                                                                                                   spontaneously.
                                                                                                   A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT              NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Fee payment - International Application                                (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens,                        P.FEE.PYMT
                                                                                                                                                                                                               PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                   spontaneously.
PCT - General Transmittal                                                                                                                                                                  P.FORISA.LET        PCT           FOLLOWON
                            Miscellaneous communication from ISA                                   Miscellaneous incoming communications from a foreign ISA (e.g. EP, AU, KR).
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                                                                                      EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                              EFS-Web Document Description                                           USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE      FILING TYPE   NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                        Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an                                       PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      Misc. incoming letter from Applicant - IA                                                                                                              P.LET
                                                                                        international application.                                                                                  PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an                                       PCT            NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Misc. incoming letter from Applicant - IA                                                                                                              P.LET
                                                                                        international application.                                                                                  PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        New international applications are accompanied by a form authored by the                                    PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      RO/101 - Annex (fee calculation sheet)                                                                                                               P.N.101.ANX
                                                                                        applicant showing how much money is due and for which fees.                                                 PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        New international applications are accompanied by a form authored by the                                    PCT            NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   RO/101 - Annex (fee calculation sheet)                                                                                                               P.N.101.ANX
                                                                                        applicant showing how much money is due and for which fees.                                                 PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        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,                             PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      RO/101 - Request form for new IA - Conventional                                                                                                      P.N.101.CONV
                                                                                        alternatively, by name as the "Request". The "conventional" format of this form is                         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        filled out manually.
                                                                                        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,                             PCT            NEW
PCT - Form                  RO/101 - Request form for new IA - Conventional                                                                                                      P.N.101.CONV
                                                                                        alternatively, by name as the "Request". The "conventional" format of this form is                         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        filled out manually.
                                                                                        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                          PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      RO/101 - Request form for new IA - PCT EASY Format                                                                                                   P.N.101.SAFE
                                                                                        out using an authoring tool developed by the International Bureau (IB). The                                PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        bibliographic data is stored to a diskette that accompanies the paper application
                                                                                        to the receiving Office.
                                                                                        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                          PCT            NEW
PCT - Form                  RO/101 - Request form for new IA - PCT EASY Format                                                                                                   P.N.101.SAFE
                                                                                        out using an authoring tool developed by the International Bureau (IB). The                                PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        bibliographic data is stored to a diskette that accompanies the paper application
                                                                                        to the receiving Office.
                                                                                        An applicant submits a statement, to the RO, confirming that an element or part
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT            NEW
PCT - Change Request        Confirmation of incorporation by reference                  contained in a previously filed application is incorporated by reference in the          P.R20.6.CONF
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        international application. See PCT Rule 20.6.
                                                                                        An applicant submits a statement, to the RO, confirming that an element or part
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT            NEW
PCT - Petition              Confirmation of incorporation by reference                  contained in a previously filed application is incorporated by reference in the          P.R20.6.CONF
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        international application. See PCT Rule 20.6.
PCT - Amendment             Request for Reconsideration - IA                            Request for Reconsideration - IA                                                        P.REQ.RECON        PCT         FOLLOWON
PCT - General Transmittal   Request for Reconsideration - IA                            Request for Reconsideration - IA                                                        P.REQ.RECON        PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        Under PCT Rule 91, the applicant may request that obvious errors in the
PCT - Change Request        Request for rectification - IA                              international application or other papers submitted by the applicant may be              P.REQ.RECT        PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        rectified.
                                                                                        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
PCT - General Transmittal   Response to Form PCT/ISA/206 Unity of Invention             additional search fees for one or more of the remaining inventions. If the invitation     P.RESP.206       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        is made in writing (see P.206), the written response is titled under this doc code.
                                                                                        See also P.299.
                                                                                        Applicants response to the USPTO's request to furnish a sequence listing (see
PCT - General Transmittal   Response to PCT/ISA/225 invitation to furnish seq. list                                                                                               P.RESP.225       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        P.225).
                                                                                        An applicant submits to the RO a request to restore Right of Priority for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NEW
PCT - Change Request                                                                    international application.The request must be received by the RO within two                                PCT
                                                                                                                                                                                                               FOLLOWON
                            Evidence for restore of priority claim                      months from the date of priority expiration. See PCT Rule 26bis.3                     P.RESTORE.PC
                                                                                        An applicant submits to the RO a request to restore Right of Priority for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NEW
PCT - Petition                                                                          international application.The request must be received by the RO within two                                PCT
                                                                                                                                                                                                               FOLLOWON
                            Evidence for restore of priority claim                      months from the date of priority expiration. See PCT Rule 26bis.3                     P.RESTORE.PC
PCT - Change Request        Priority Claim Adjustment under PCT Rule 26bis              Under PCT Rule 26bis, the applicant may correct or add a priority claim.                 P.RULE26BIS       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        The authoring program devised by the International Bureau for preparing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      PCT EASY Validation Log                                     request form (Form PCT/RO/101) automatically scans entered data for obvious          P.SAFE.LOG
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        errors and inconsistencies and generates this list of any problems detected.

                                                                                        The authoring program devised by the International Bureau for preparing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT            NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   PCT EASY Validation Log                                     request form (Form PCT/RO/101) automatically scans entered data for obvious          P.SAFE.LOG
                                                                                                                                                                                                   PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                        errors and inconsistencies and generates this list of any problems detected.
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                                                                                 EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                              EFS-Web Document Description                                        USPTO Business Process                                    DOC CODE      FILING TYPE   NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                   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
PCT - General Transmittal   CH1 – Select Competent ISA/Resp. Invitation                                                                                                    P.SELECT.ISA      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   subject matter of the international application. In the latter case, applicant must
                                                                                   select another ISA.
                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      Statement explaining lack of signature - IA            by that applicant if it is signed by at least one applicant and a statement is          P.SIG.STMT
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   furnished explaining, to the satisfaction of the receiving Office, the lack of the
                                                                                   signature concerned.
                                                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT            NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Statement explaining lack of signature - IA            by that applicant if it is signed by at least one applicant and a statement is          P.SIG.STMT
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   furnished explaining, to the satisfaction of the receiving Office, the lack of the
                                                                                   signature concerned.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 26, the applicant may submit a new version of one or more
PCT - Change Request        Substitute Sheets of Request (Form PCT/RO/101)         pages of the bibliographic data form (PCT/RO/101) as long as no new matter is           P.SUB.SH.101      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   introduced.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 26, the applicant may submit a new version of one or more
PCT - Form                  Substitute Sheets of Request (Form PCT/RO/101)         pages of the bibliographic data form (PCT/RO/101) as long as no new matter is           P.SUB.SH.101      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   introduced.
                                                                                   Under PCT rule 26, the applicant may submit formalized drawings as long as no
PCT - Change Request        Substitute Drawings                                                                                                                            P.SUB.SH.DRW      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   new matter is introduced.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 26, the applicant may submit corrected versions of one or more
PCT - Change Request        Substitute Sheets - IA                                 pages of the initially filed description, claims, abstract or sequence listing in an    P.SUB.SHEET       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   international application as long as no new matter is introduced.
                                                                                   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,
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT            NEW
PCT - Application Part      PCT-Transmittal Letter                                 including any fees that may accompany the papers. This letter usually includes            P.TR
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   the Express Mail Certificate of Mailing. This transmittal letter corresponds to the
                                                                                   transmittal letter in a PCT application.
                                                                                   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,
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT            NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   PCT-Transmittal Letter                                 including any fees that may accompany the papers. This letter usually includes            P.TR
                                                                                                                                                                                             PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   the Express Mail Certificate of Mailing. This transmittal letter corresponds to the
                                                                                   transmittal letter in a PCT application.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 90bis.1, the applicant may withdraw the international application
PCT - Change Request        Request to withdraw - IA                                                                                                                       P.WD.APPL         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 90.6(d), an agent or common representative may renounce his
PCT - Change Request        Request to withdraw as attorney - IA                                                                                                           P.WD.ATTY         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   appointment by a notification signed by him.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 90bis.2, the applicant may withdraw the designation of any
PCT - Change Request        Request to withdraw designation - IA                   designated State at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority      P.WD.DES         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   date.
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 90bis.3, the applicant may withdraw a priority claim made under
PCT - Change Request        Request to withdraw priority claim - IA                                                                                                        P.WD.PRIORIT      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   Article 8(1) at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.
                                                                                   In order to avoid some of the ensuing complications, some applicants in
                                                                                   international applications particularly do not want the US designated. In such
PCT - General Transmittal   Request to withdraw US designation - IA                                                                                                        P.WD.US.DES       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   situations, they will withdraw the designation of the United States under PCT Rule
                                                                                   90bis.2.
                                                                                   As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Form PCT/IPEA/401 - Demand                                                                                                                P2.401          PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   submits a bibliographic data form, the Demand, PCT Form/IPEA/401
                                                                                   As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant
PCT - Form                  CHII - Form PCT/IPEA/401 - Demand                                                                                                                P2.401          PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   submits a bibliographic data form, the Demand, PCT Form/IPEA/401
                                                                                   As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Form IPEA/401 Annex                                                                                                                      P2.401.ANX       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   submits a fee calculation sheet (Form IPEA/401 Annex)
                                                                                   As part of the papers needed to initiate Chapter II processing, the applicant
PCT - Form                  CHII - Form IPEA/401 Annex                                                                                                                      P2.401.ANX       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   submits a fee calculation sheet (Form IPEA/401 Annex)
                                                                                   Under PCT Rule 92bis, the applicant may submit changes to the person, name,
PCT - Change Request        CHII - Request for recording change/PCT Rule 92bis     residence, nationality or address of the applicant, inventor or agent (attorney)         P2.92BIS         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                   (Chapter II).
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                                                                                  EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                               EFS-Web Document Description                                      USPTO Business Process                                    DOC CODE      FILING TYPE   NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 92bis, the applicant may submit changes to the person, name,
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Request for recording change/PCT Rule 92bis      residence, nationality or address of the applicant, inventor or agent (attorney).      P2.92BIS         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    (Chapter II)
                                                                                    Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims,
PCT - Amendment             CHII - Amendmnts to descrpt/drawings - PCT Art. 34      description and drawings prior to preparation of the International Preliminary         P2.ART34.A       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Examination Report.
                                                                                    Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims,
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Amendmnts to descrpt/drawings - PCT Art. 34      description and drawings prior to preparation of the International Preliminary         P2.ART34.A       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Examination Report.
                                                                                    Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims prior
PCT - Amendment             CHII - Amendment to the claims - PCT Art. 34                                                                                                  P2.ART34.CLM      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    to preparation of the International Preliminary Examination Report.
                                                                                    Under PCT Article 34, the applicant may submit amendments to the claims prior
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Amendment to the claims - PCT Art. 34                                                                                                  P2.ART34.CLM      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    to preparation of the International Preliminary Examination Report.
                                                                                    A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Fee payment - International Application          (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens,                      P2.FEE.PYMT       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    spontaneously.
                                                                                    A payment of fees by the applicant either in response to an invitation therefore
PCT - General Transmittal   CHII - Fee payment - International Application          (RO/102, RO/133, IPEA/403 or IPEA/440) or, as sometimes happens,                      P2.FEE.PYMT       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    spontaneously.
                                                                                    Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Misc. communication from Applicant - IA                                                                                                 P2.LET           PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    international application. (Chapter II)
                                                                                    Miscellaneous incoming communication from the applicant concerning an
PCT - General Transmittal   CHII - Misc. communication from Applicant - IA                                                                                                 P2.LET           PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    international application. (Chapter II)
PCT - Amendment             CHII - Request for Reconsideration - IA                 Request for Reconsideration - IA (Chapter II)                                         P2.REQ.RECON      PCT         FOLLOWON
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Request for Reconsideration - IA                 Request for Reconsideration - IA (Chapter II)                                         P2.REQ.RECON      PCT         FOLLOWON
PCT - General Transmittal   CHII - Request for Reconsideration - IA                 Request for Reconsideration - IA (Chapter II)                                         P2.REQ.RECON      PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 91, the applicant may request that obvious errors in the
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Request for rectification - IA                   international application or other papers submitted by the applicant may be           P2.REQ.RECT       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    rectified.
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 91, the applicant may request that obvious errors in the
PCT - General Transmittal   CHII - Request for rectification - IA                   international application or other papers submitted by the applicant may be           P2.REQ.RECT       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    rectified.
                                                                                    If certain defects are noted in the Demand, the IPEA invites the applicant to make
PCT - Change Request        CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/404                    corrections by sending a form IPEA/404. Applicant is expected to submit               P2.RESP.404       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    corrections within one month.
                                                                                    If certain defects are noted in the Demand, the IPEA invites the applicant to make
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/404                    corrections by sending a form IPEA/404. Applicant is expected to submit               P2.RESP.404       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    corrections within one month.
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405                    CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405                                                  P2.RESP.405       PCT         FOLLOWON
PCT - General Transmittal   CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405                    CHII - Response to form PCT/IPEA/405                                                  P2.RESP.405       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    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
PCT - Amendment             CHII-Resp to the written opinion ISA/237 / IPEA/408     indexed as P2.ART34.CLM (for claims, document description: CHII -Amendment            P2.RESP.408       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    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)

                                                                                    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
PCT - Chapter II            CHII-Resp to the written opinion ISA/237 / IPEA/408     indexed as P2.ART34.CLM (for claims, document description: CHII -Amendment            P2.RESP.408       PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    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)
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 90.6(d), an agent or common representative may renounce his
PCT - Change Request        CHII - Request to withdraw as attorney - IA                                                                                                   P2.WD.ATTY        PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    appointment by a notification signed by him. (Chapter II)
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 90.6(d), an agent or common representative may renounce his
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Request to withdraw as attorney - IA                                                                                                   P2.WD.ATTY        PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    appointment by a notification signed by him. (Chapter II)
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 90bis.2, the applicant may withdraw the designation of any
PCT - Change Request        CHII - Request to withdraw designation - IA             designated State at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority   P2.WD.DES         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    date. (Chapter II)
                                                                                    Under PCT Rule 90bis.2, the applicant may withdraw the designation of any
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Request to withdraw designation - IA             designated State at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority   P2.WD.DES         PCT         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    date. (Chapter II)
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         Category                             EFS-Web Document Description                                  USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                               Under PCT Rule 90bis.3, the applicant may withdraw a priority claim made under
PCT - Change Request        CHII - Request to withdraw priority claim - IA     Article 8(1) at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.   P2.WD.PRRITY        PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                               (Chapter II)
                                                                               Under PCT Rule 90bis.3, the applicant may withdraw a priority claim made under
PCT - Chapter II            CHII - Request to withdraw priority claim - IA     Article 8(1) at any time prior to the expiration of 30 months from the priority date.   P2.WD.PRRITY        PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                               (Chapter II)
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN           NEW
                                                                               Applicant may file a change in Power of Attorney at any time during prosecution                             DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Change Requests             Power of Attorney                                  of an application. The POA indicates representatives given permission to act on           PA..             PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                               behalf of the inventor or assignee to prosecute an application.                                            PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                               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                                PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      Power of Attorney                                                                                                                            PA..
                                                                               representatives given permission to act on behalf of the inventor or assignee to                            PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                               prosecute an application.
                                                                               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
PCT - Change Request        Power of Attorney                                                                                                                            PA..              PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                               representatives given permission to act on behalf of the inventor or assignee to
                                                                               prosecute an application.
                                                                               Applicant may file a change in Power of Attorney at any time during prosecution
PCT - General Transmittal   Power of Attorney                                  of an application. The POA indicates representatives given permission to act on           PA..              PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                               behalf of the inventor or assignee to prosecute an application.

                                                                               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
Application Part            Power to Make Copies and/or Inspect                                                                                                          PC/I            PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                               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.
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                               Written authority signed by an applicant, an attorney or agent of record, an
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN           NEW
                                                                               authorized official of an assignee or a registered attorney or agent named in the
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                               papers accompanying the application papers can be submitted to give access to
Change Requests             Power to Make Copies and/or Inspect                                                                                                          PC/I             PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                               an application to any person. This written authority gives the named person or
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM            NEW
                                                                               persons a power to inspect and make copies of the application. An unrestricted
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                               power to inspect given by an applicant is recognized as in effect until rescinded.
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN           NEW
                                                                               Request from the applicant authorizing the USPTO to electronically retrieve
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Priority Documents          Request for USPTO to retrieve priority docs        Official Priority Documents from participating foreign IP Office and enter them         PD.REQ.RETR
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                               into the file wrapper.
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                             EFS-Web Document Descriptions
           Category                      EFS-Web Document Description                                      USPTO Business Process                                       DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN             NEW
                                                                               This document is an authorization from a US applicant permitting access to their                           DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Priority Documents    Authorization to access Appl. by Trilateral Office                                                                                               PD.TO.AUTH
                                                                               electronic US Patent Applications by participating International Offices.                                 PROVSNL             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         PROVSNL          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
Pilot Programs        Request for Peer Review Pilot                                                                                                                    PEER.CONSENT
                                                                               The assignee/applicant presents the form according to the provisions of the Peer                           UTILITY            NEW
                                                                               Review Pilot to allow the application to be a part of the pilot program.                                   UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
Pre-Exam              Request for Peer Review Pilot                                                                                                                    PEER.CONSENT
                                                                               The assignee/applicant presents the form according to the provisions of the Peer                           UTILITY            NEW
                                                                               Review Pilot to allow the application to be a part of the pilot program.                                   UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                               Response is sent by applicant to a notification to file missing parts or a                                 DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Pre-Exam              Applicant Response to Pre-Exam Formalities Notice        notification of failure to comply with reissue rules within the time period for reply     PEFR            PROVSNL          FOLLOWON
                                                                               as set in the notice.                                                                                      REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                               Response is sent by applicant to a notification to file missing parts or a
                                                                                                                                                                                          DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Pre-Exam              Response to Pre-Exam Reissue Notice                      notification of failure to comply with reissue rules within the time period for reply    PEFRREISS
                                                                                                                                                                                          UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                               as set in the 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                                   371           FOLLOWON
                                                                               form. Upon detection during the preexamination processing of damage or a                                  DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Pre-Exam              Response to Pre-Exam Sequence Notice                                                                                                              PEFRSEQ
                                                                               deficiency, a notice will be sent to the applicant detailing the damage or                                REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                               deficiency and setting a two month period for reply. Applicant must respond to the                        UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                               notice within the indicated time period and supply any information required.


                                                                               37 CFR 41.3 is the patent rule governing petitions that must be addressed to the
                                                                               Chief Administrative Patent Judge on matters pending before the Board, petitions                            371           FOLLOWON
BPAI                                                                           authorized by this part and petitions seeking relief under 35 U.S.C. 135(c),                              DESIGN          FOLLOWON
                      Petition under Rule 41.3 to Chief Admin Patent Judge                                                                                               PET.41.3
Petition                                                                       including (1) seeking an extension of time to file certain papers after an appeal                      REEXAM-Ex Parte    FOLLOWON
                                                                               brief is filed in an ex parte appeal and (2) enlarging the page limit of an appeal                        UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                               brief, reply brief, or request for rehearing. Petitions under 37 CFR 41.3 should be
                                                                               coded as PET.41.3, and an automessage sent to the BPAI.Inbox.
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                               A request for streamlined and prioritized examination under the pilot program for                             371         FOLLOWON
Petition              Petition for Green Tech Pilot                                                                                                                     PET.GREEN
                                                                               green technologies including greenhouse gas reduction                                                       UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                               A request for streamlined and prioritized examination under the pilot program for                             371         FOLLOWON
Pilot Programs        Petition for Green Tech Pilot                                                                                                                     PET.GREEN
                                                                               green technologies including greenhouse gas reduction                                                       UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                               An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Petition              Petition for review by the Office of Petitions.          with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the             PET.OP
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM            NEW
                                                                               Office of Petitions to act on the decision or continue prosecution.
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY    FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                                    EFS-Web Document Descriptions
           Category                     EFS-Web Document Description                                              USPTO Business Process                                     DOC CODE       FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                              DESIGN             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                              DESIGN          FOLLOWON
                                                                                      An incoming petition from applicant delegated to the Office of Petitions to act on
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM             NEW
Petition              Petition to make special based on Age/Health                    the decision or continue prosecution. This petition is requesting to be made          PET.OP.AGE
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                      special because of advanced age (over 65 years of age) or poor health.
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                      A petition to make an application special, to be given priority for examination,                        DESIGN             NEW
Petition              Petition to make special by Exp Abandon Copend App                                                                                                    PET.OP.SPAC
                                                                                      based on the abandonment of another unexamined application.                                             DESIGN          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                      A petition to make an application special, to be given priority for examination,                        DESIGN             NEW
Pilot Programs        Petition to make special by Exp Abandon Copend App                                                                                                    PET.OP.SPAC
                                                                                      based on the abandonment of another unexamined application.                                             DESIGN          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                      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
PCT - Chapter II      CHII - Petition for review by the PCT legal office                                                                                                    PET.P2.PCT         PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                      Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue
                                                                                      prosecution. (Chapter II).
                                                                                      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
PCT - Petition        CHII - Petition for review by the PCT legal office                                                                                                    PET.P2.PCT         PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                      Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue
                                                                                      prosecution. (Chapter II)
                                                                                      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
PCT - Petition        Petition for review and processing by the PCT legal office.                                                                                           PET.PCT            PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                      Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue
                                                                                      prosecution. (Chapter II)
                                                                                      An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated                         371            NEW
                                                                                      with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the                             371         FOLLOWON
Petition              Petition for review and processing by the PCT legal office.                                                                                           PET.PCT
                                                                                      Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal Administrator to act on the decision or continue                         UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                      prosecution.                                                                                             UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                      Incoming petition to withdraw the attorney or agent and change the address. PTO                         REEXAM            NEW
Petition              Petition to withdraw attorney or agent (SB83)                                                                                                        PET.POA.WDRW
                                                                                      form SB83 is used for withdrawing.                                                                      REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                              PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                                      An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated
                                                                                                                                                                                              PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Petition              Patent Term Adjustment Petition                                 with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the          PET.PTA
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                      Office of Petitions to act on the decision or continue prosecution.
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_UTILITY    FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                371          FOLLOWON
Petition                                                                              Request submitted under the interim procedure when a patentee requests a             PET.PTA.RCAL
                                                                                                                                                                                              UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                      Request for PTA recalculation in view of Wyeth                  recalculation of the PTA in a patent issued before 3/2/2010 in view of Wyeth.
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                                                                               EFS-Web Document Descriptions
           Category                     EFS-Web Document Description                                         USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE      FILING TYPE   NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                 An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated                         371        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 with the authority to decide the petition. Some petitions are delegated to the                          DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Petition               Petition for review by the Technology Center SPRE.                                                                                                PET.SPRE
                                                                                 Technology Center Special Program Examiner to act on the decision or continue                           REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 prosecution.                                                                                            UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                       AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                 A petition to make an application special for accelerated examination except in
                                                                                                                                                                                       AE_DESIGN          NEW
Petition               Petition for 12-month Accelerated Exam                    the cases of an applicant’s age or health. See 37 CFR 1.102 and MPEP 708.02.           PET.SPRE.ACX
                                                                                                                                                                                         DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 This is preferably filed using form PTO/SB/28.
                                                                                                                                                                                         UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                 An incoming petition from applicant is sent to the official who has been delegated                      DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 with the authority to decide the petition. For some petitions, the office that is to                   PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Petition               Petition for review/processing depending on status                                                                                               PET.STATUS
                                                                                 review and process a petition is determined based on the processing status of                           REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 the application as defined by the PALM status codes.                                                    UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 necessary. Once the issue fee has been paid, the application will only be
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Petition               Petition to Withdraw from Issue                           withdrawn from issue upon filing a petition by applicant indicating unpatentability     PETWDISS
                                                                                                                                                                                        REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 of one of more claims. The petition must be accompanied by an unequivocal
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                 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.
                                                                                 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                  AE_UTILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                         NEW
Office of Patent Pub   Nonpublication request from applicant.                    be the subject of an application filed in another country, or under a multilateral     PG.NONPUB.RQ    UTILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                         NEW
                                                                                 international agreement, that requires publication at eighteen months after filing.                    UTILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                      FOLLOWON
                                                                                 Form PTO/SB/35 may be used by applicant for filing this request.

                                                                                 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                  AE_UTILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                         NEW
Pre-Exam               Nonpublication request from applicant.                    be the subject of an application filed in another country, or under a multilateral     PG.NONPUB.RQ    UTILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                         NEW
                                                                                 international agreement, that requires publication at eighteen months after filing.                    UTILITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                      FOLLOWON
                                                                                 Form PTO/SB/35 may be used by applicant for filing this request.

                                                                                 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                             371         FOLLOWON
Pre-Grant Pub          Request/Corrected Patent Application Publications         apparent from Office records. Any request for a corrected or revised patent              PGA9          REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 application publication from applicant must be filed within two months from the                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                 date of the patent application publication and include an indication of the mistake.
                                                                                 An applicant seeking to abandon an application to avoid publication of the
                                                                                 application must submit a declaration of express abandonment by way of a
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 petition including a fee in sufficient time to recognize the abandonment and
Pre-Grant Pub          Request for Exp Aband for refund or to avoid pub                                                                                                   PGEA          REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 remove the application from the publication process. Applicant should submit the
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                 declaration of express abandonment, petition and fee more than four weeks prior
                                                                                 to the projected date of publication.
                                                                                 Upon filing a request to withdraw the request for publication, applicant may also
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 include a request for a refund of any amount paid in excess of the application
Pre-Grant Pub          Request for Refund of Publication Fee Paid                                                                                                        PGREF          REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                 filing fee and a handling fee as set forth by the USPTO. The request for refund of
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                 the publication fee must be filed prior to the publication of the application.
                                                                                 Applicant uses the request/petition form to request participation in the PCT-                             371           NEW
                                                                                 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The request form has a check                              371        FOLLOWON
Petition               Petition to make Special under PCT-Patent Pros Hwy                                                                                               PPH.PCT.652
                                                                                 list of all the requirements and the use of the form will ensure that all                               UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                 requirements are met.                                                                                   UTILITY      FOLLOWON
                                                                                 Applicant uses the request/petition form to request participation in the PCT-                             371           NEW
                                                                                 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The request form has a check                              371        FOLLOWON
Pilot Programs         Petition to make Special under PCT-Patent Pros Hwy                                                                                               PPH.PCT.652
                                                                                 list of all the requirements and the use of the form will ensure that all                               UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                 requirements are met.                                                                                   UTILITY      FOLLOWON
                                                                                 Applicant uses the request/petition form to request participation in the Patent                           371           NEW
                                                                                 Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. The request form has a checklist of all the                            371        FOLLOWON
Petition               Petition to make special under Patent Prosecution Hwy                                                                                            PPH.PET.652
                                                                                 requirements and the use of the form will ensure that all requirements are                              UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                 complied with.                                                                                          UTILITY      FOLLOWON
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                                                                              EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                       EFS-Web Document Description                                             USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                Applicant uses the request/petition form to request participation in the Patent                                  371             NEW
                                                                                Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. The request form has a checklist of all the                                   371          FOLLOWON
Pilot Programs        Petition to make special under Patent Prosecution Hwy                                                                                                PPH.PET.652
                                                                                requirements and the use of the form will ensure that all requirements are                                    UTILITY            NEW
                                                                                complied with.                                                                                                UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                In a request for accelerated examination, a statement by applicant indicating that
                                                                                a preexamination search was conducted, including an identification of the field of
                                                                                                                                                                                            AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                search by United States class and subclass and the date of the search, where
                                                                                                                                                                                            AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                applicable, and for database searches, the search logic or chemical structure
General Transmittal   Statement of preexamination search                                                                                                                   PREX.SRCH         DESIGN             NEW
                                                                                sequence used as a query, the name of the file or files search and the database
                                                                                                                                                                                             DESIGN          FOLLOWON
                                                                                service, and the date of the search. The search must involve U.S. patents and
                                                                                                                                                                                             UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                patent application publications, foreign patent documents, and non-patent
                                                                                literature.
                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                            AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                explanation of how each of the claims are patentable over the references cited
                                                                                                                                                                                            AE_UTILITY          NEW
General Transmittal   Examination support document                              with the particularity required by 37 CFR 1.11(b) and (c), a concise statement of          PREX.SUP.DOC
                                                                                                                                                                                             DESIGN          FOLLOWON
                                                                                the utility of the invention as defined in each of the independent claims, a showing
                                                                                                                                                                                             UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                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.
                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                               371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                merits has closed prosecution if the first submission and the fee are filed prior to
                                                                                                                                                                                             DESIGN          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Request under Rule 129 to Reopen Prosecution              the filing of an appeal brief and prior to abandonment of the application. The               R129
                                                                                                                                                                                             REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                finality of the final rejection is automatically withdrawn upon the timely filing of the
                                                                                                                                                                                             UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                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.
                                                                                A copy of the applicant ’s or patentee ’s record (if any) of all of the                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                correspondence between the Office and the applicant or patentee for such                                       DESIGN        FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Response providing copy of record for reconstruction                                                                                                  R251.RES
                                                                                application, patent, or other proceeding (except for U.S. patent documents). See                              REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                37 CFR 1.251.                                                                                                  UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                When an assignee to the entire title first seeks to take an action in a patent
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                application, patent or reexamination proceeding, the assignee must file
                                                                                                                                                                                              PROVSNL           NEW
General Transmittal   Assignee showing of ownership per 37 CFR 3.73(b).         documentary evidence of title as well as a document stating that the evidence               R3.73B
                                                                                                                                                                                              PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                                has been reviewed and certifying that, to the best of assignee's knowledge and
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                belief, title is in the assignee seeking to take action.
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                               DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                                Applicant can file a request to correct inventorship under Rule 48 at any time
Amendment             Request under Rule 48 correcting inventorship                                                                                                         R48.REQ           PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                                during prosecution of an application.
                                                                                                                                                                                              REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                               UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                              EFS-Web Document Descriptions
           Category                       EFS-Web Document Description                                        USPTO Business Process                                       DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                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                           371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                of appeal. A submission includes, but is not limited to, an information disclosure                          DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment               Request for Continued Examination (RCE)                                                                                                            RCEX
                                                                                statement, an amendment to the written description, claims, or drawings, new                                REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                arguments, or new evidence in support of patentability. The USPTO will withdraw                             UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                the finality of any Office action and the submission will be entered and
                                                                                considered.
                                                                                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                           371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                of appeal. A submission includes, but is not limited to, an information disclosure                          DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Continued Prosecution   Request for Continued Examination (RCE)                                                                                                            RCEX
                                                                                statement, an amendment to the written description, claims, or drawings, new                                REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                arguments, or new evidence in support of patentability. The USPTO will withdraw                             UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                the finality of any Office action and the submission will be entered and
                                                                                considered.
                                                                                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                           371           FOLLOWON
Petition                Petition to Convert Regular to Provisional              to the earlier of the abandonment of the nonprovisional application, the payment           RCONVP           REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                of the issue fee, the expiration of 12 months after the filing date of the                                  UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                nonprovisional application, or the filing of a request for statutory invention
                                                                                registration.
                                                                                If any of the inventors has/have assigned (transferred) their ownership of the                               DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                original patent to one or more assignees, then all of the assignees must consent                         REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
Reissue                 Consent of Assignee accompanying the declaration.                                                                                                 REIS.CONSENT
                                                                                to the filing of a reissue application. The consent must be accompanied by an                            REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                assignee showing of ownership per 37 CFR 3.73(b) for each assignee.                                          UITILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                             DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                or invalid by reason of a defective specification or drawing, or by reason of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
Reissue                 Reissue dec filed in accordance with MPEP 1414.         patentee claiming more or less than the patentee had the right to claim in the             REIS.DECL
                                                                                                                                                                                         REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                patent, stating at least one error being relied upon as the basis for reissue; and
                                                                                                                                                                                             UITILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                (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.
                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                             DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Reissue                 Supp reissue dec filed in accord with MPEP 1414.01.     patent which was corrected in the present reissue application, and which is not           REIS.SUPDECL
                                                                                                                                                                                             UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                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.
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                                                                               EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                        EFS-Web Document Description                                         USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 A reply by the applicant to an office action must request reconsideration for
                                                                                                                                                                                       AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                 further examination, must distinctly and specifically point out the supposed errors
                                                                                                                                                                                       AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                 in the examiner's action and must reply to every ground of objection and rejection
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN             NEW
                                                                                 in the prior Office action. The reply must present arguments or remarks pointing
                                                                                                                                                                                        DESIGN          FOLLOWON
Amendment              Applicant Arguments/Remarks Made in an Amendment          out the specific distinctions believed to render the claims, including any newly        REM
                                                                                                                                                                                        REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                 presented claims, patentable over any applied references. In the amendment in
                                                                                                                                                                                        REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 reply to a rejection of claims, applicant's arguments or remarks must clearly point
                                                                                                                                                                                    REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                 out the patentable novelty which he or she thinks the claims present in view of the
                                                                                                                                                                                    REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                 references cited or the objections made.
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 An applicant may rescind at any time a prior filed request that an application not
                                                                                                                                                                                         371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                 be published. This request will result in the publication of the application at
Office of Patent Pub   Rescind Nonpublication Request for Pre Grant Pub                                                                                                  RESC          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 eighteen months from the filing date of the application or as of the request to
                                                                                                                                                                                       UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 rescind the nonpublication request, whichever is earlier.
                                                                                 An applicant may rescind at any time a prior filed request that an application not
                                                                                                                                                                                         371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                 be published. This request will result in the publication of the application at
Pre-Exam               Rescind Nonpublication Request for Pre Grant Pub                                                                                                  RESC          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 eighteen months from the filing date of the application or as of the request to
                                                                                                                                                                                       UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 rescind the nonpublication request, whichever is earlier.
                                                                                 An applicant may rescind at any time a prior filed request that an application not
                                                                                                                                                                                         371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                 be published. This request will result in the publication of the application at
Pre-Grant Pub          Rescind Nonpublication Request for Pre Grant Pub                                                                                                  RESC          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 eighteen months from the filing date of the application or as of the request to
                                                                                                                                                                                       UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 rescind the nonpublication request, whichever is earlier.
                                                                                 A formal request made from the applicant to refund fees paid during the                                 371           FOLLOWON
                                                                                 prosecution of an application. The request must include reasons indicating why                        DESIGN          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal    Refund Request                                                                                                                                    RFN.REQ
                                                                                 the fees are to be refunded. Any request for refund must be filed within two years                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 from the date the fee was paid.                                                                       UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 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                                 DESIGN            NEW
General Transmittal    Req for Expedited Processing, Design Rocket Docket                                                                                                ROCKET
                                                                                 statement that a preexamination search was conducted indicating the field of                           DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                 search with an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) and that the application is
                                                                                 in condition for examination.
                                                                                 Any follow-on incoming ex parte reexam papers (control no. 90/xxxxxx or                               REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam follow-on papers received in OIPE                                                                                                          RX.90
                                                                                 95/xxxxxx) addressed to the CRU/TC.                                                                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 A response filed by the patent owner in response to a final rejection, which is
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Response to Final Rejection                        placed in the file, but not automatically entered; it is entered only if approved by    RXAAF.
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 the examiner for entry in a reexamination proceeding.
                                                                                 Reexamination - affidavit(s), declaration(s) and/or exhibit(s) filed by third party                   REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam - Affidavit/Decl/Exhibit Filed by 3rd Party                                                                                                RXAF/DR
                                                                                 requester.                                                                                            REEXAM          FOLLOWON
BPAI
                                                                                 Request to withdraw appeal                                                              RXAP/W        REEXAM          FOLLOWON
Reexamination          Withdrawal of Appeal
                                                                                 Response filed by appellant to a non-compliant appeal brief for a reexamination                       REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Defective Brief Filed                                                                                                                      RXAPBI
                                                                                 proceeding.                                                                                           REEXAM          FOLLOWON
BPAI                                                                             Request by appellant for rehearing by the Board of Patent Appeals and
                                                                                                                                                                         RXAPRR        REEXAM          FOLLOWON
Reexamination          Request for rehearing to BPAI                             Interferences
                                                                                 A correspondence address change for third party requester, filed in a                                 REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam - Correspondence Address Change for 3rd Party                                                                                              RXC.ADR
                                                                                 reexamination proceeding.                                                                             REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 A certificate included with an incoming paper, filed by either the owner or the third
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Certificate of Mailing                             party requester, which indicates the date that the paper was deposited in the U.S.      RXC/M.
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 mail for filing in a reexamination proceeding.
                                                                                 A certificate included with an incoming paper, filed by either the owner or the third
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Certificate of Service                             party requester, which indicates the date that the paper was served on the other        RXC/SR
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 party (or parties) in a reexamination proceeding.
                                                                                 Notification that a Court of Appeals decision was mailed by the Court in a                            REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Court of Appeals Decision Rendered                                                                                                         RXCAFC
                                                                                 reexamination proceeding                                                                              REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 Notification by owner that the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI)
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Appeal BPAI Decision to Court of Appeals           decision has been appealed to the Court of Appeals to reverse/overturn the BPAI         RXCTAP
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 decision
                                                                                 An incoming paper filed by the owner or the third party requester, which only                         REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam Fee Payment Only Filed                                                                                                                     RXFEE
                                                                                 includes payment of a fee                                                                             REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                 An Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) filed by third party requester, in a                        REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination          Reexam - Info Disclosure Statement Filed by 3rd Party                                                                                             RXIDS.R
                                                                                 rexamination proceeding .                                                                             REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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                                                                                  EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                        EFS-Web Document Description                                             USPTO Business Process                                    DOC CODE   FILING TYPE   NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A miscellaneous letter filed by either the owner or the third party requester in a                  REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Miscellaneous Incoming Letter                                                                                                                  RXLET.
                                                                                    reexamination proceeding.                                                                           REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A notification filed by any party informing the Office of action taken by the Court                 REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Notice of Court Action                                                                                                                        RXNOCA
                                                                                    with respect to patent being reexamined, or other patent.                                           REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Notice of concurrent proceeding(s) filed by any party informing the Office of                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Notice of concurrent proceeding(s)                                                                                                                   RXNOCP
                                                                                    concurrent proceeding(s) with respect to the patent being reexamined                                REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                        REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam - Opposition filed in response to petition             Opposition paper filed in response to petition                                         RXOPPPET
                                                                                                                                                                                        REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    An optional statement filed by patent owner within two months of the mailing of
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Timely Patent Owner's Stmnt in Resp to Order           the order that triggers a two month period in which the requester may optionally       RXOR.T
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    file a requester's reply to the owner's statement in a reexamination proceeding.
                                                                                    An optional third party requester's reply filed by the requester more than two
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Untimely Patent Owner's Stmnt in Resp to Order         months from the date of service of the owner's "statement" on the requester, and       RXOR.U
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    therefore is not timely filed.
                                                                                    An incoming original document (request) requesting an ex parte reexamination                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Receipt of Original Ex Parte Reexam Request                                                                                                          RXOSUB
                                                                                    proceeding                                                                                         REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    An incoming document (request) the corrects a previously filed original (request)
                                                                                    document requesting an ex parte reexamination proceeding (a corrected request                      REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Receipt of Corrected Original Ex Parte Request                                                                                                       RXOSUB.C
                                                                                    would be filed in response to the Office’s notice of failure of the originally filed               REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    request papers to comply with filing date requirements)
                                                                                    An incoming original document (request) requesting an ex parte reexamination                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Receipt of Orig. Ex Parte Request by Third Party                                                                                                     RXOSUB.R
                                                                                    proceeding, where the request is made by a third party                                             REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A change in Power of Attorney (POA) for third party requester (May include                         REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Change in Pwr Atty for Third Party Requester                                                                                                  RXPA..R
                                                                                    associate POA).                                                                                    REEXAM        FOLLOWON




                                                                                    The patent copy containing the specification and claims for which patent the                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Copy of patent for which reexamination is requested                                                                                                  RXPATENT
                                                                                    reexamination is requested                                                                         REEXAM        FOLLOWON




                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Receipt of Petition in a Reexam                               A petition filed by the requester or owner in a reexamination proceeding.              RXPET.
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A petition filed by the requester (can be patent owner or third party requester),                  REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Petition for Review of Reexam Denial                                                                                                                 RXRPET
                                                                                    asking that the decision denying the reexamination request be reconsidered.                        REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A letter or petition filed by the owner, requesting an extension of time to respond                REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Request for Extension of Time                                                                                                                 RXRQ/T
                                                                                    to the last Office action in a reexamination proceeding.                                           REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A letter filed by the owner requesting that foreign priority be given to the patent                REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Req for For Priority (Priority Papers May Be Incl)                                                                                            RXRQ4FP
                                                                                    being reexamined                                                                                   REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    A letter requesting that the reexamination be merged with another copending                        REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Request to Merge Reexam Proceedings                                                                                                                  RXRQMP
                                                                                    reexamination proceeding for reexamination of the same patent.                                     REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Request to Lift Suspension of Prosecution              A letter requesting that the suspension of the reexamination proceeding be lifted.     RXRQS.
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    An optional requester's reply filed by the requester within two months of the                      REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Timely Requester's Reply to an Owner's Statement                                                                                              RXRR.T
                                                                                    service of the owner's statement on the requester in a reexamination proceeding.                   REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    An optional third party requester's reply filed by the requester more than two
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Reexam Untimely Reqr Reply to Owner Stmnt                     months from the date of service of the owner's "statement" on the requester, and       RXRR.U
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    therefore is not timely filed.
                                                                                    A general Transmittal letter accompanying the filing of a paper in a reexamination                 REEXAM           NEW
Reexamination         Trans Letter filing of a response in a reexam                                                                                                        RXTRLTR
                                                                                    proceeding.                                                                                        REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Supplemental Response filed by the applicant at any time during prosecution in                       371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    response to a communication issued by the USPTO to address informalities,                          DESIGN        FOLLOWON
Amendment             Supplemental Response or Supplemental Amendment                                                                                                       SA..
                                                                                    corrections to the application or to augment arguments or a prior amendment                        REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    submitted.                                                                                         UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                    Supplemental Response filed by the applicant at any time during prosecution in                       371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                    response to a communication issued by the USPTO to address informalities,                          DESIGN        FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Supplemental Response or Supplemental Amendment                                                                                                       SA..
                                                                                    corrections to the application or to augment arguments or a prior amendment                        REEXAM        FOLLOWON
                                                                                    submitted.                                                                                         UTILITY       FOLLOWON
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                                                                           EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                           EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                     DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                             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                      371           FOLLOWON
                                                                             reinstatement of the appeal is requested by appellant, such request must be                          DESIGN          FOLLOWON
BPAI                     Supplemental Appeal Brief                                                                                                                  SAPB
                                                                             accompanied by a supplemental appeal brief, but no new amendments, affidavits                        REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                             or other evidence are permitted. The supplemental appeal brief must follow the                       UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                             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.
                                                                                                                                                                                      371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                  AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                             In a patent application, a sequence listing filed as a .txt file is either the                        PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Application Part         Sequence Listing (Text File)                        "Sequence Listing" under 37 CFR 1.821(c) or the "computer readable form                SEQ.TXT        REEXAM            NEW
                                                                             (CRF)" under 37 CFR 1.821(e).                                                                         REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                               REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                    PGPUB         FOLLOWON
                                                                             In a PCT application, the sequence listing is filed as a .txt file either as the
                                                                                                                                                                                    PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part   Sequence Listing (Text File)                        "sequence listing part of the description" under PCT Rule 5.2 or the sequence          SEQ.TXT
                                                                                                                                                                                    PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                             listing in electronic form under PCT Rule 13ter.1.
                                                                                                                                                                                      371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                  AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                             Patent applications which contain disclosures of nucleotide and /or amino acid                        PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                             sequences must contain, as a separate part of the disclosure, a paper or                              PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
Application Part         Sequence Listing                                    electronic copy disclosing the nucleotide and/or amino acid sequences and              SEQLIST        REEXAM            NEW
                                                                             associated information using the symbols and format established in 37 CFR                             REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                             1.822 and 1.823.                                                                                  REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                    UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                    PGPUB         FOLLOWON
                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                    PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part   Sequence Listing                                    Instructions. If applicant files the sequence listing as a PDF file, applicant must    SEQLIST
                                                                                                                                                                                    PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                             also file the sequence listing as a .txt file in response to an invitation from the
                                                                             International Searching Authority under PCT Rule 13ter.1.

                                                                             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                         371           FOLLOWON
                                                                             applicant 's right to receive a patent on the invention claimed effective upon the                   DESIGN          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal      Form PTO/SB/94 - SIR Request                                                                                                                SIR.
                                                                             date of publication of the SIR, the required fee, and a statement that the                           REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                             application to which the request is directed complies with the formal requirements                   UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                             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.
                                                                                                                                                                                     371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                     371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                  AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                  AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Amendment                Specification                                       The written description of the invention.                                              SPEC
                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                               REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                               REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   UTILITY        FOLLOWON
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                                                                             EFS-Web Document Descriptions
         Category                             EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                       DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                               The written portion of the application is submitted by the applicant describing the
Application Part            Specification                                                                                                                               SPEC              PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                               invention.
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           PGPUB          FOLLOWON
                                                                               The written portion of the application is submitted by the applicant describing the                          PCT              NEW
PCT - Application Part      Specification                                                                                                                               SPEC
                                                                               invention.                                                                                                   PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                               The written portion of the application is submitted by the applicant describing the
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL            NEW
Application Part            Specification - Not in English                     invention that is not submitted in English. Note translation requirements under 37       SPECNO
                                                                                                                                                                                          PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                               CFR § 1.52(d).
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                               A statement in which a patent owner relinquishes legal rights to one or more                                DESIGN            NEW
                                                                               claims of a patent. Claims of a patent cannot be disclaimed in favor of new                                 DESIGN         FOLLOWON
Application Part            Statutory disclaimers per MPEP 1490.                                                                                                       STAT.DISCLMR
                                                                               claims to be added to the patent or an amendment to existing claims. (For                                  REEXAM             NEW
                                                                               Example: PTO/SB/43)                                                                                        REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                             371          FOLLOWON
                                                                               This letter from the applicant is a simple request for the status of the application,                       DESIGN         FOLLOWON
General Transmittal         Request for status of Application                                                                                                          STATUS.LET
                                                                               such as the time until a first action can be expected.                                                     REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                               This letter from the applicant is a simple request for the status of the application,
PCT - General Transmittal   Request for status of Application                                                                                                          STATUS.LET          PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                               such as the time until a first action can be expected.
                                                                                                                                                                                             371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                             371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                         AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           DESIGN        FOLLOWON
                                                                               In a PCT application, the only tables that may be filed in .txt format are "Tables                         PROVSNL           NEW
Application Part            Table in text format                               relating to sequence listing" in accordance with PCT Administrative Instruction          TABLE             PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                               Annex C-bis.                                                                                               REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                           UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                           PGPUB         FOLLOWON
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                                                                          EFS-Web Document Descriptions
          Category                         EFS-Web Document Description                                 USPTO Business Process                                       DOC CODE        FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON

                                                                            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                              371          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   PTE Interim Patent Extension filed                                                                                                            TERM.REQ.ITM
                                                                            manufacturing the product may be eligible for extension and the review by FDA                              UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                            will extend beyond the original expiration date, a patent may be granted a one
                                                                            year interim extension pursuant to 35 USC 156.
                                                                            If a product is required to be reviewed by the FDA or the Dept of Agriculture, a                            371           FOLLOWON
                                                                            patent claiming the product, a method of use of the product, and/or a method of                           DESIGN          FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Withdrawal of Application for PTE                                                                                                             TERM.WD
                                                                            manufacturing the product may be eligible for extension. To obtain an extension,                          REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                            an application must be filed pursuant to 35 USC 156.                                                      UTILITY         FOLLOWON
                                                                            A cover sheet for a provisional application indicating the contents of the
Application Part      Provisional Cover Sheet (SB16)                                                                                                                 TR.PROV          PROVSNL            NEW
                                                                            submission.
                                                                            A cover sheet for a provisional application indicating the contents of the                                 PROVSNL           NEW
General Transmittal   Provisional Cover Sheet (SB16)                                                                                                                 TR.PROV
                                                                            submission.                                                                                                PROVSNL        FOLLOWON
                                                                            The transmittal accompanying an amendment or reply in an application                                        DESIGN        FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Accelerated Exam - Transmittal amendment/reply                                                                                                TR.RESP.ACX
                                                                            undergoing accelerated examination.                                                                         UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                            The applicant provides a transmittal letter such as an Information Disclosure                               DESIGN           NEW
                                                                            Statement (IDS) letter along with an IDS form (PTO/SB/08) at the earliest                                   DESIGN        FOLLOWON
IDS/References        Transmittal Letter                                                                                                                             TRAN.LET
                                                                            possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to                             REEXAM            NEW
                                                                            applicant.                                                                                                 REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                          371         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                            The applicant provides a transmittal letter such as an Information Disclosure                               DESIGN           NEW
                                                                            Statement (IDS) letter along with an IDS form (PTO/SB/08) at the earliest                                   DESIGN        FOLLOWON
General Transmittal   Transmittal Letter                                                                                                                             TRAN.LET
                                                                            possible stage of prosecution detailing the most pertinent references known to                             REEXAM            NEW
                                                                            applicant.                                                                                                 REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY       FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                          371            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                      AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                            A transmittal letter for a new application indicating the contents of the submission,                       DESIGN           NEW
General Transmittal   Transmittal of New Application                                                                                                                 TRNA
                                                                            including any accompanying fees.                                                                           PROVSNL           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                       REEXAM            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                   REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                        UTILITY          NEW
                                                                            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                     REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
General Transmittal   Transmittal Reissue Application                                                                                                                TRREISS
                                                                            fees that may accompany the papers. This filing may include an Express Mail                            REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                            Certificate of Mailing.
                                                                            Upon filing any papers in the USPTO for a reissue application, applicant includes                          DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                            a transmittal letter stating/listing the contents of the submission, including any                     REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
Reissue               Transmittal Reissue Application                                                                                                                TRREISS
                                                                            fees that may accompany the papers. This filing may include an Express Mail                            REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                            Certificate of Mailing.                                                                                    UITILITY       FOLLOWON
Application Part      Fee Worksheet (PTO-06)                                Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO-875)                WFEE              PG PUB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            27
                                                                                         EFS-Web Document Descriptions
        Category                             EFS-Web Document Description                                                 USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE     FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                        371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                        371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                    AE_UTILITY          NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                    AE_DESIGN           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      DESIGN            NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                     PROVSNL            NEW
General Transmittal         Fee Worksheet (PTO-06)                                            Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO-875)               WFEE
                                                                                                                                                                                                     PROVSNL         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                     REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                     REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                 REISSUE_DESIGN         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                 REISSUE_UTILITY        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                      UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                       PCT              NEW
PCT - General Transmittal   Fee Worksheet (PTO-06)                                            Patent Application Fee Determination Record (Substitute for Form PTO-875)               WFEE
                                                                                                                                                                                                       PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                              Patent owner amendment/comments filed after Action Closing Prosecution - the
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Patent Owner Comments after Action Closing Prosecution            paper is placed in the file, but not automatically entered; it is entered only if       XI.ACPOC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              approved by the examiner for entry in a reexamination proceeding.
                                                                                              Third party requester comments filed after Action Closing Prosecution. Can only
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Third Party Requester Comments after Action Closing Prosecution   be filed in response to patent owner amendment/comments after the Action                XI.ACPRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              Closing Prosecution.
                                                                                              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                         REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Appeal Brief-Owner                                                                                                                                        XI.AP.BO
                                                                                              Brief(s). The appeal is then decided upon by an administrative judge from the                         REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences within the PTO. The judge weighs the
                                                                                              evidence in the Brief(s) and the Examiner's Answer.
                                                                                              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                         REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Appeal Brief - Third Party Requester                                                                                                                      XI.AP.BR
                                                                                              Brief(s). The appeal is then decided upon by an administrative judge from the                         REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences within the PTO. The judge weighs the
                                                                                              evidence in the Brief(s) and the Examiner's Answer.

                                                                                              Letter filed by either the Patent Owner or the 3rd Party Requester in an inter                        REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Withdrawal of Appeal                                                                                                                                      XI.AP/W
                                                                                              partes reexamination proceeding requesting the withdrawal of the Appeal.                              REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Patent Owner Appeal to the Federal Circuit Filed                  Appeal filed by patent owner to the Federal Circuit                                     XI.APCTO
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Requester Appeal to the Federal Circuit                           An Appeal to the Federal Circuit filed by third party requester                         XI.APCTR
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              Response filed by patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding after
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Patent Owner Response after Board Decision                        a decision by the Board of amendment Patent Appeals and Interferences                   XI.APDOC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              pursuant to 37 CFR 41.77-41.79.
                            Requester Comments on Patent Owner Response after Board           Comments filed by third party requester after Patent Owner Response and Board                         REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination                                                                                                                                                                         XI.APDRC
                            Decision                                                          Decision                                                                                              REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              Request filed by patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding                             REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Oral Hearing Request-Owner                                                                                                                                XI.APOHO
                                                                                              requesting an oral hearing.                                                                           REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              In an inter partes reexamination proceeding, after an examiner issues a Right of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Oral Hearing Request - Third Party Requester                      Appeal Notice, a third party requester may participate in the appeal process. As        XI.APOHR
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              such, the third party requester may file a request for an oral hearing by the Board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Defective Notice of Appeal or Cross Appeal Filed                  Defective Notice of Appeal or Cross Appeal Filed                                        XI.N/APD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              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                      REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Notice of Appeal - Requester                                                                                                                              XI.N/APR
                                                                                              may each file a Notice of Appeal in response to the RAN. A Notice of Appeal may                       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                              also be filed with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, after a final agency
                                                                                              Board decision.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Notice of Cross Appeal - Owner                                    Patent owner filed a Notice of Cross Appeal in an Inter Partes Reexam                   XI.NCAPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
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        Category                              EFS-Web Document Description                                             USPTO Business Process                                      DOC CODE      FILING TYPE     NEW/FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Notice of Cross Appeal - Third Party Requester                  Third party requester filed a Notice of Cross Appeal in an Inter Partes Reexam         XI.NCAPR
                                                                                                                                                                                                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            A Request for Inter Partes Reexamination of a patent filed by a third party
Reexamination               Receipt of Original Inter Partes Reexam Request                                                                                                        XI.OSUB        REEXAM             NEW
                                                                                            requester
                                                                                            Incoming document (request) that corrects previously filed original (request)
                                                                                            document requesting an inter partes reexamination proceeding (a corrected                             REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Receipt of Corrected Original Inter Partes Request                                                                                                     XI.OSUB.C
                                                                                            request would be filed in response to the Office’s notice of failure to comply with                   REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            reexamination request filing date requirements)
                                                                                            Rebuttal Brief filed by patent owner after an Examiner's Answer has been issued                       REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Rebuttal Brief - Owner                                                                                                                                 XI.RBBO
                                                                                            in an inter partes reexamination proceeding                                                           REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            Rebuttal Brief filed by a third party requester after an Examiner's Answer has                        REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Rebuttal Brief - Requester                                                                                                                             XI.RBBR
                                                                                            been issued in an inter partes reexamination proceeding                                               REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                  REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Third Party Requester Comments after Non-final Action           Third party requester Comments after Non-final Action                                  XI.RNFRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                  REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            Petition filed by third party requester in an inter partes reexamination proceeding                   REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Petition received re:Denial of a Request                                                                                                               XI.RPET
                                                                                            seeking review of the PTO's denial for inter partes reexamination.                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            Request filed by patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Patent Owner request for Rehearing                              rehearing of the decision rendered by the Board of Patent Appeals and                  XI.RQRHO
                                                                                                                                                                                                  REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            Interferences.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Requester Request for Rehearing after Board Decision            A Request for Rehearing after Board Decision filed by third party requestor            XI.RQRHR
                                                                                                                                                                                                  REEXAM          FOLLOWON
BPAI
                            Patent Owner Comments on Req for Rehearing timely               A Request from the Patent Owner requesting a timely rehearing                          XI.RRHOC       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
Reexamination
BPAI
                            Requester Comments on Req for Rehearing timely                  Requester comment on a request for a timely rehearing                                  XI.RRHRC       REEXAM          FOLLOWON
Reexamination
                                                                                            Patent owner filed a Respondent Brief, after an Appellant Brief was filed by the                      REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Respondent Brief - Owner                                                                                                                               XI.RSBO
                                                                                            third party requester in an inter partes reexamination proceeding.                                    REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                                                                                            A Respondent Brief filed by third party requester after an Appellant Brief has                        REEXAM             NEW
Reexamination               Respondent Brief - Requester                                                                                                                           XI.RSBR
                                                                                            been filed by the patent owner in an inter partes reexamination proceeding                            REEXAM          FOLLOWON
                            Patent Owner Comments on Examiner's Determination after Board   Patent owner filed Comments on Examiner’s Determination after Board Decision                           REEXAM            NEW
Reexamination                                                                                                                                                                      XI.XDTOC
                            Decision                                                        With New Ground of Rejection                                                                           REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                            Pat Ownr Rep to Reqr Cmnts-Exam Deter after Brd Decn W/ New     Reply filed by patent owner to requester Comments on Examiner’s Determination                          REEXAM            NEW
Reexamination                                                                                                                                                                      XI.XDTOR
                            Grnd of Rej                                                     after Board Decision With New Ground of Rejection                                                      REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                            Comments filed by third party requester, after Patent Owner Response after                             REEXAM            NEW
Reexamination               Reqr Comments on Examiners Determ after Board Decision                                                                                                 XI.XDTRC
                                                                                            Board Decision                                                                                         REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                            Pat Ownr Rep to Reqr Cmnts-Exam Deter after Brd Decn W/ New     Reply filed by Third Party Requester to Patent Owner Reply on Examiner’s                               REEXAM            NEW
Reexamination                                                                                                                                                                      XI.XDTRR
                            Grnd of Rej-Timely                                              Determination after Board Decision With New Ground of Rejection                                        REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                            An Expedited Request for a Right of Appeal Notice is filed by either party                             REEXAM            NEW
Reexamination               Expedited Request for a Right of Appeal Notice                                                                                                         XI.XRRAN
                                                                                            w/agreement of other party                                                                             REEXAM         FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                     371             NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                     371          FOLLOWON
                                                                                                                                                                                                  AE_UTILITY         NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                  AE_DESIGN          NEW
                                                                                            If applicant is required to respond within a shortened statutory time, the applicant
                                                                                                                                                                                                   DESIGN            NEW
General Transmittal         Extension of Time                                               may extend that period up to the maximum 6 month period set by statute by filling       XT/
                                                                                                                                                                                                   DESIGN         FOLLOWON
                                                                                            a written request and the appropriate fee.
                                                                                                                                                                                               REISSUE_DESIGN        NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                               REISSUE_UTILITY       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                   UTILITY           NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                   UTILITY        FOLLOWON
                                                                                            If applicant is required to respond within a shortened statutory time, the applicant
PCT - General Transmittal   Extension of Time                                               may extend that period up to the maximum 6 month period set by statute by filing        XT/             PCT           FOLLOWON
                                                                                            a written request and the appropriate fee.
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Change
Added: Request for Peer Review Pilot (PEER.CONSENT). Application Types: 371 (new & follow-on)
Added "Pilot Programs" category.
Updated: Notice of concurrent proceedings / decisions (NTC.CONCPROC) was added to Application Type:
Reexam (follow-on).
Request to Merge Reexam Proceedings" (RXRQMP) was added to Application Type: Reexam (follow-on).
Updated: Statement of preexamination search (PREX.SRCH). Application Type Design (new)
Added: PTE Interim Patent Extension filed (TERM.REQ.ITM). Application Types: 371 (follow-on) and Utility (follow-on)
Removed: Patent Term Extension Application Under 35 USC 156 (TERM.REQ)
Added: Request for PTA recalculation in view of Wyeth (PET.PTA.RCAL). Application Types: 371 (follow-on) and
Utility (follow-on)
Added: Petition to make Special under PCT-Patent Pros Hwy (PPH.PCT.652). Application Types: 371 (new &
follow-on) and Utility (new & follow-on)
Added: Petition for Green Tech Pilot (PET.GREEN). Application Types: 371 (new & follow-on) and Utility (new &
follow-on)
Added: Petition to make special by Exp Abandon Copend App (PET.OP.SPAC) to 371, Design, and Utility
applications and follow-ons
Added:Drawings Other than Black and White (DRW.NONBW) to PCT, REEXAM, application and followons
Added:Drawings Other than Black and White (DRW.NONBW) to PROVISIONAL application and followons
Added:Evidence for restore of priority claim (P.RESTORE.PC)
Deleted: Table in text format (for PCT-Application Part)
Added: Reply under 1.111 to Pre-Interview Communication (FAI.A..)
Updated: Business Process for FAI.REQ.WD
Updated description (for FAI.REQ.WD): "Request to Not Have a First Action Interview"
old description: "Withdraw from first action interview"
Deleted: IDS Letter (IDS.LET)
Added: Transmital Letter (TRAN.LET)
Utility (follow-on)

				
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