Patent Office Pitches Fast-Track Examination System

Law360, New York (June 3, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT) -- In an effort to reduce the waiting period for applications, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has proposed a new patent examination initiative that would allow applicants to pay more to have applications examined faster.

In a statement Thursday, the agency outlined its proposal for a three-track program in which applicants could pay an unspecified fee to have their application moved to the front of the line.

The second track would consist of traditional examination under current procedures, while the third track would be for applicants...
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