Accelerated Examination At USPTO: Lessons Learned

Law360, New York (May 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) amended its procedures for expedited examination of applications that are “made special” by introducing the Accelerated Examination (AE) program.

Nevertheless, because the AE program is relatively new, some unexpected issues have arisen during the preparation and prosecution of various patent applications thereunder that were not specifically addressed in the PTO’s AE Notice. This article will describe some of the lessons learned so far during the preparation and prosecution of various patent applications under the AE program.

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