MPEP Q & A 114: Individuals Who May Grant Written Authority to Status Information

Individuals Who May Grant Written Authority to Status Information


Name 2 individuals who may grant written authority to status information in a non-published, pending or abandoned application.


A non-published, pending or abandoned application containing written authority granting access to the requester allows the requester access to status information if it is signed by any of the following individuals:

  • The applicant;
  • A patent practitioner of record;
  • The assignee or an assignee of an undivided part interest;
  • The inventor or a joint inventor; or
  • A registered attorney or agent named in the papers accompanying the application papers

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Secrecy, Access, National Security, and Foreign Filing.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 102 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 102.

102 Information as to Status of an Application

This section discusses exactly what status information is limited to. A requester seeking status information regarding an application should check the information on PAIR and FIU. In addition, this section outlines who is entitled to status information on non published, pending or abandoned applications.