Doc Code: PGEA
Document Description: Request for Exp Aband for refund or to avoid pub
PTO/AIA/24B (07-17)
Approved for use through 12/31/2020. OMB 0651-0031
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
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File the petition electronically using EFS-Web
Or Mail the petition to:
Mail Stop Express Abandonment
Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-
Application Number
Filing Date
First Named Inventor
Art Unit
Examiner Name
Attorney Docket Number
Petition for Express Abandonment Under 37 CFR 1.138(d) to Obtain a Refund
I hereby petition to expressly abandon the above-identified application to obtain a refund of any previously paid
search fee and excess claims fee in the application. Please refund any search fee and excess claims fee paid in this
The Director is hereby authorized to credit the fee(s) to Deposit Account No.
NOTE: The provisions of 37 CFR 1.138(d) only apply to applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) on or after December 8,
2004. A paper requesting express abandonment of an application is not effective unless and until an appropriate USPTO
official recognizes and acts on the paper. See the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), section 711.01.
I am the:
attorney or a
gent of record. Attorney or agent registration number is
attorney or agent acti
ng under 37 CFR 1.34, who is authorized under 37 CFR 1.138(b)
because the application is expressly abandoned in favor of a continuing application.
Attorney or agent registration number is
Typed or printed name Telephone Number
Note: This form must be signed in accordance with 37 CFR 1.33. See 37 CFR 1.4(d) for signature requirements and
certifications. Submit multiple forms if more than one si
gnature is required, see below.
Total of
forms are submitted
This collection of information is required by 37 CFR 1.138(c). The information is required to obtain or retain a benefit by the public which is to file (and by the USPTO to process an
application). Confidentiality is governed by 35 U.S.C. 122 and 37 CFR 1.11 and 1.14. This collection is estimated to take 12 minutes to complete, including gathering,
preparing, and submitting the completed application form to the USPTO. Time will vary depending upon the individual case. Any comments on the amount of time you require
to complete this form and/or suggestions for reducing this burden, should be sent to the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of
Commerce, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450. DO NOT SEND FEES OR COMPLETED FORMS TO THIS ADDRESS. SEND TO: Mail Stop Express
Abandonment, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450.
If you need assistance in completing the
form, call 1-800-PTO-9199 and select option 2.
Privacy Act Statement
The Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579) requires that you be given certain information in connection with
your submission of the attached form related to a patent application or patent. Accordingly, pursuant to
the requirements of the Act, please be advised that: (1) the general authority for the collection of this
information is 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2); (2) furnishing of the information solicited is voluntary; and (3) the
principal purpose for which the information is used by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is to process
and/or examine your submission related to a patent application or patent. If you do not furnish the
requested information, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may not be able to process and/or examine
your submission, which may result in termination of proceedings or abandonment of the application or
expiration of the patent.
The information provided by you in this form will be subject to the following routine uses:
1. The information on this form will be treated confidentially to the extent allowed under the
Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C 552a). Records
from this system of records may be disclosed to the Department of Justice to determine
whether disclosure of these records is required by the Freedom of Information Act.
2. A record from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, in the co
urse of
senting evidence to a court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal, including discl
to opposing
counsel in the course of sett
lement negotiations.
3. A reco
rd in this system of records may be disclosed, as a routin
e use, to a Member of
Congress submitting a request involving an individual,
to whom the record pertai
ns, when
the individual
has requested assistance from the Member with respect to the sub
ject matter
of the record.
4. A record in this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a contractor of the
Agency having need for the information in order to perform a contract. Recipients of
information shall be required to comply
with the requireme
nts of the Privacy Act of 1974, as
amended, pursuant to 5 U.
S.C. 552a(m
5. A record relat
ed to an International Application
filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in
this syste
m of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the Internation
al Bureau of
the World Intellectual Property Organization, pursuant to the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
6. A record in this system of records may be
disclosed, as a routine use, to another
agency for purposes of Nat
ional Security review (35 U.S.C. 181) and for review pu
rsuant to
the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. 218(c)).
7. A reco
rd from this system of records may be disclosed, as a ro
utine use, to the
Administrator, General Services, o
r his/her designee, during an inspection of record
conducted by
GSA as part of that agency’s responsibility to recommend improv
ements in
records management practices and programs, under authority of 44 U.S.C. 2904 and 2906.
Such disclosure shall be made in accordance with the GSA regulations governing
inspection of records for this purpose, and any other relevant (i.e., GSA or Commerce)
directive. Such disclosure shall not be used to make determinations about individuals.
8. A reco
rd from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the pu
blic after
either pu
blication of the application pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 122(b) or issuance of
a patent
pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 151.
Further, a record may be disclosed, su
bject to the limitations of
37 CF
R 1.14, as a routine use, to the public if the record was filed in an application whi
became ab
andoned or in which the proceedings were terminated and which application i
referenced by
either a published application, an application open to public inspect
ion or an
issued patent.
9. A reco
rd from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a Federal,
State, or local law enforcement agency, if the USPTO becomes aware of a violation or
potential violation of law or regulation.