A Plus For Patents Pending

Law360, New York (June 16, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT) -- In an apparent effort to relieve concerns about the length of time (currently about 34 months on average) and inefficiencies involved in acquiring a patent, in mid-May, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made available to all applicants for non-reissue, nonprovisional utility patent applications a program aimed at speeding up the patent prosecution process by engaging the applicant and examiner early on in the process.

The USPTO has stated that pilot participants of the program have experienced several benefits including: the ability to advance prosecution of...
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