FYI on USPTO Petitions Branch Backlog
This just in from Bob Bell on October 26, 2006:
The Petitions Examiner told me that as of January 2006, they have "taken over" all petitions responsibilites form the groups. Formerly, simple petitions, like a Petition to Withdraw, were handled by the Group Director, or even the SPE. Now EVERYTHING goes to Petitions Branch. She said that they are still working on Petitions from 2005. It is backed up.More on "Petitions Practice within the USPTO on Patent Matters."