USPTO Revamps Rejected-Patent Review Program

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday unveiled a revamped version of a popular program launched last year to reduce patent pendency by giving examiners a limited amount of time to consider responses filed after the rejection of a patent application.

Under the new version of the program, which is dubbed the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 and was scheduled to take effect Sunday, applicants must include an amendment to at least one independent claim in order to participate, and examiners are required to conduct...
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