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The USPTO Glossary Pilot Program

In a Federal Register Notice published March 27, 2014, the USPTO announced a Glossary Pilot Program that will offer expedited examination to new patent applications in certain technology areas that include a glossary of terms that meets certain formal requirements. The program will commence on June 2, 2014, and run for six months or until … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Extends First Action Interview Program Through November 16

The USPTO has extended the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program to November 16, 2012. According to the notice available on the USPTO’s website, the USPTO is “analyzing feedback obtained in response to the July 9, 2012 request for comments,” which were due by August 8, 2012.… Continue reading this entry

USPTO Extends First Action Interview Program Through August 16

The USPTO has extended the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program to August 16, 2012. According to the Federal Register Notice, the USPTO is “completing a comprehensive review of the program, deciding what, if any, adjustments should be made to the program, and whether the program should be extended further or made permanent.” The USPTO … Continue reading this entry

Did The Pilot Light Go Out On The First Action Interview Program?

The USPTO’s Full First Action Interview Pilot Program expired on May 16, 2012. Although I heard rumors that the program was going to be extended, it has not been extended as of the publication date of this article, and the USPTO’s designated contact person for this program could not indicate whether or when the program … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Announces QPIDS Pilot Program For Post-Issue Fee Information Disclosure Statements

The USPTO has announced a new pilot program to permit Applicants to obtain consideration of certain Information Disclosure Statements (IDSs) after the Issue Fee has been paid without having to reopen prosecution. The “Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) Pilot Program” takes effect May 16, 2012 and will run through September 30, 2012 unless it … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Expands First Action Interview Program

The First Action Interview Pilot Program permits an applicant to conduct an interview with the examiner before the first Action on the merits is issued. Previous pilot programs were limited to applications with certain filing dates assigned to certain technology centers, but the USPTO now has opened the program to include all utility applications in … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Launches Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program

On December 8, 2010, the USPTO launched an Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program that will permit applicants to delay payment of search and examination fees (only) for up to 12 months for certain original U.S. non-provisional applications. Applicants who use this program will incur a $130 surcharge and, perhaps more importantly for applicants in pharmaceutical and biotechnology … Continue reading this entry