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Results in Brief 4
USPTO's Database Does Not Include Information on the Status of
Many Applications 8
Some Differences Exist between Published and Unpublished
Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 13
Appendix I: Scope and Methodology 14
Appendix II: GAO Contacts and Staff Acknowledgments 16
GAO Contacts 16
Staff Acknowledgments 16
Table Table 1: Comparison of Published and Unpublished Applications,
November 29, 2000, through November 28, 2003 12
Figure 1: USPTO's Patent Application Examination and
Figure 2: Domestic and Foreign Applications Filed with USPTO,
November 29, 2000, through November 28, 2003
Figure 3: Status of Applications Filed by Inventors Qualifying as
Large Entities, November 29, 2000, through November 28,
Figure 4: Status of Applications Filed by Inventors Qualifying as
Small Entities, November 29, 2000, through November 28,
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United States. General Accounting Office. Patents: Information about the Publication Provisions of the American Inventors Protection Act, report, May 20, 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298167/m1/3/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.