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USPTO Says Status Inquiry Triggers Patent Term Adjustment Deduction

Despite statistics on the USPTO’s Patents Dashboard indicating that the average time from a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) to the next Office Action is 3.8 months, I continue to experience much more significant delays of 9-12 months or longer. When I telephone examiners to check on the status of my applications, they are sympathetic … Continue reading this entry

My First Experience With the USPTO Ombudsman Program

The USPTO recently launched an “Ombudsman Program” to give applicants an alternative mechanism for addressing problems encountered during prosecution when the normal channels (such as discussions with the examiner and supervisor) have not been helpful. I recently had an opportunity to use this program, and am pleased to report that it was a success.   To use the program, the applicant’s … Continue reading this entry