The Expanding Role Of Patent Examiner Interviews

Law360, New York (July 25, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT) -- There is no getting around the fact that examiner interviews reduce the cost of patent prosecution. Consistent with this, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has implemented various programs urging examiner interviews in an effort to reduce pendency and improve patent quality. Thus, the question for patent practitioners should no longer be “Should we conduct an interview in this patent application?” but, “Why shouldn’t we conduct an interview in this case?”

The USPTO recently released results from a five-year study of examiner interview practice and determined...
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