Sec. 2.66. Revival of abandoned applications.

  1. (a) The applicant may file a petition to revive an application abandoned because the applicant did not timely respond to an Office action or notice of allowance, if the delay was unintentional. The applicant must file the petition:
    1. (1) Within two months of the date of issuance of the notice of abandonment; or
    2. (2) Within two months of actual knowledge of the abandonment, if the applicant did not receive the notice of abandonment, and the applicant was diligent in checking the status of the application every six months in accordance with 2.146(i).
  2. (b) The requirements for filing a petition to revive an application abandoned because the applicant did not timely respond to an Office action are:
    1. (1) The petition fee required by 2.6;
    2. (2) A statement, signed by someone with firsthand knowledge of the facts, that the delay in filing the response on or before the due date was unintentional; and
    3. (3) Unless the applicant alleges that it did not receive the Office action, the proposed response.
  3. (c) The requirements for filing a petition to revive an application abandoned because the applicant did not timely respond to a notice of allowance are:
    1. (1) The petition fee required by 2.6;
    2. (2) A statement, signed by someone with firsthand knowledge of the facts, that the delay in filing the statement of use (or request for extension of time to file a statement of use) on or before the due date was unintentional;
    3. (3) Unless the applicant alleges that it did not receive the notice of allowance and requests cancellation of the notice of allowance, the required fees for the number of requests for extensions of time to file a statement of use that the applicant should have filed under 2.89 if the application had never been abandoned;
    4. (4) Unless the applicant alleges that it did not receive the notice of allowance and requests cancellation of the notice of allowance, either a statement of use under 2.88 or a request for an extension of time to file a statement of use under 2.89; and
    5. (5) Unless a statement of use is filed with or before the petition, or the applicant alleges that it did not receive the notice of allowance and requests cancellation of the notice of allowance, the applicant must file any further requests for extensions of time to file a statement of use under 2.89 that become due while the petition is pending, or file a statement of use under 2.88.
  4. (d) In an application under section 1(b) of the Act, the Director will not grant the petition if this would permit the filing of a statement of use more than 36 months after the date of issuance of the notice of allowance under section 13(b)(2) of the Act.
  5. (e) The Director will grant the petition to revive if the applicant complies with the requirements listed above and establishes that the delay in responding was unintentional.
  6. (f) If the Director denies a petition, the applicant may request reconsideration, if the applicant:
    1. (1) Files the request within two months of the date of issuance of the decision denying the petition; and
    2. (2) Pays a second petition fee under 2.6.