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Patents Ombudsman Program


The Patents Ombudsman Program enhances the USPTO's ability to assist applicants or their representatives with issues that arise during patent application prosecution. More specifically, when there is a breakdown in the normal application process, including before and after prosecution, the Patents Ombudsman Program can assist in getting the application back on track.

The Patents Ombudsman Program is not intended to circumvent normal communication between applicants or their representatives and examiners or supervisory patent examiners (SPEs). To use the Patents Ombudsman Program, submit the electronic form below. For inquiries related to the examination process, please select one of the Technology Centers or the Central Reexamination Unit from the drop-down menu at the top of the form.

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