MPEP Q & A 99: Types of Information Considered Status Information

Types of Information Considered Status Information


List two types of information that are considered status information.


Status information of an application means only the following information:

  • whether the application is pending, abandoned, or patented;
  • whether the application has been published;
  • the application number or the serial number plus any one of the filing date of the national application, the international filing date or the date of entry into the national stage; and
  • whether another application claims the benefit of the application

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.

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