Issue 160 | February 18, 2004
USPTO Announces "Revised Procedures for (Patent) Papers Requiring Immediate Attention"

On February 4, 2004, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced "Revised Procedures for Papers Requiring Immediate Attention." The changes affect portions of the October 28, 2003 notice on "Centralized Delivery and Facsimile Transmission Requirements for Patent Application Related Correspondence" involving petitions to avoid publication, petitions to withdraw from issuance, and requests to obtain expedited examination of design applications.

Petitions for Express Abandonment to Avoid Publication under 37 CFR 1.138(c) should now be sent at least four weeks prior to publication to the Pre-Grant Publication Division

Via Facsimile to 703-305-8568
Via Courier to 2231 Crystal Drive, Room 905, Arlington VA 22202, or
Via Mail Stop PGPub-ABD (at least three months before publication)

Petitions to Withdraw an Application from Issue under 37 CFR 1.313(c) should now be sent (at least three weeks prior to issuance in order to avoid publication) to the Office of Petitions

Via Facsimile to the Centralized Number, 703-872-9306
Via Courier to Crystal Plaza 4, 2201 South Clark Place, Room 3C23, Arlington VA 22202, or
Via Mail Stop Petitions

Requests for Expedited Examination of a Design Application under 37 CFR 1.155 and MPEP 1504.30 should now be sent to the Office of the Director of Technology Center 2900

Via Courier (phone for current location pending relocation), or
Via Mail Stop Expedited Design

As usual, deliveries made to Mail Stops by the United States Postal Service should continue be addressed to

Mail Stop ____
Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

while deliveries to Mail Stops made by private services, such as Federal Express, UPS, DHL, Laser, Action, or Purolator, should continue to be addressed to

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
2011 South Clark Place
Customer Window, Mail Stop ___
Crystal Plaza Two, Lobby, Room 1B03
Arlington, Virginia 22202

For more information on these changes, see the USPTO's "Revised Procedures for Papers Requiring Immediate Attention" at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/dapp/opla/
or contact Bill Heinze (bill.heinze@tkhr.com), at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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