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STREAMLINING THE BIOTECHNOLOGY PATENT
ACTIONS TAKEN TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN
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18 months April Through December art units attract and retain August through October average patent average pendency average waiting period biotechnology applications biotechnology area biotechnology examining group biotechnology group biotechnology patent applications biotechnology patent examiners biotechnology patents issued calendar year 1988 chemical engineering date of application delays Department of Commerce elapsed months engineering pay rates examiners hired filed fiscal year 1988 genetic engineering greater hiring authority Group Patent immunology information processing level of technical microbiology number of biotechnology Number of Patents Office officials told Patent and Trademark patent application process Patent Case Pendency Patent Office examining Patent Office officials Patent Office reports patents were issued pendency average pendency period Pendency Reports period for biotechnology Period From Application period of April period of August prior art required to process special engineering pay streamline the biotechnology technical scrutiny required Trademark Office U.S. Department U.S. Patent U.S. Patent Office utility patent