Tag Archives: Office of First Filing (OFF)

USPTO Widens Patent Prosecution Highway

In a press release issued July 1, 2011, the USPTO announced pilot changes to the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) that will make the PPH much more widely available, and hence much more useful, to many applicants. Most welcome is the change that will permit PPH filings based on an indication of allowability from any participating … Continue reading this entry

Current Options for Prioritized U.S. Examination

When Director Kappos wrote on his blog about international worksharing programs, he also provided a summary of current options for prioritized U.S. examination. While most are well-known, it is good to keep all options in mind when prompt¬†examination is important, such as when a commercial product is on the market (or will be within the … Continue reading this entry

Sharing Examination Efforts

As I wrote earlier this week, Director Kappos is championing international worksharing as a key mechanism for addressing the growing workload facing patent offices around the world. To make worksharing work, the Office of First Filing (OFF) has to examine the application first. This means that patent offices participating in international worksharing programs will be encouraged to give … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Forges Ahead With International Worksharing

During his first year as Director of the USPTO, David Kappos has championed international worksharing as a key mechanism for addressing the growing workload—and backlog—facing patent offices around the world. Patent Prosecution Highway programs were the first international worksharing initiatives, and a recent announcement on Kappos’ blog indicates that more programs are on the horizon. … Continue reading this entry