USPTO Extends Rejected-Patent Review Program

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Wednesday that it is extending until December 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.

The program, which is dubbed the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0, had been slated to end on Sept. 30, but the office said in a notice posted on its website that will now run through Dec. 14. The program, which began in 2012 and...
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