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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD45 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Agency Guidance Document Procedures 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is adding regulations to incorporate procedures for the issuance of guidance documents and for the public to petition to modify or withdraw such documents.


Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 100   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
NPRM Comment Period End  07/00/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
NIcolas Oettinger
Senior Counsel for Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P. O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-3000
Fax:571 273-0099