We now have over a dozen PPH petitions that have lain untouched in the Office of Patent Petitions for more than five months, and just today our oldest untouched PPH petition entered its seventh month of pendency. Yes, more than six months have passed since it was filed and no sign of action by the OPP.
As I mentioned in earlier blog posts here and here and here, the backlog has been getting worse and worse in the Office of Patent Petitions. The OPP dashboard would have the reader believe that the backlog is 152 days. In reality it is worse than 180 days. But even if it were 152 days, that would not be a reasonable pendency. The PPH petitions are essentially self-certified by the filer. Very little review by USPTO personnel is actually required for such petitions.
USPTO needs to do better.