Responses to Congressional Committees (Patent and Trademark Office)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed. These communications are stored together and should be easily accessible.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy

From: FOIA Requests

Mr. Morisy,

The USPTO maintains logs for all correspondence to members of Congress. These logs show the date, recipient, and subject matter of the correspondence. Congressional correspondence logs are generally releasable in full. However, our tracking system does not track responses by committee (rather, the correspondence would go to the chairperson).

For many requesters, the correspondence logs are an efficient and cost-effective way of identifying specific correspondence that they are seek. Please let me know if you are willing to amend your below request to the congressional correspondence logs from 2008 to 2013.

Also, the USPTO FOIA Office received what appear to be three identical requests for "all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed" from you this morning. We will process the one linked to this email address,

From: FOIA Requests

Mr. Morisy,

Following up on the below request.

From: Patent and Trademark Office

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 6, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #F-13-00178.

Thank you for your help.

From: FOIA Requests

Mr. Morisy,

The final response to your request was sent by U.S. Mail on June 11, 2013. I have attached a copy of the response here.