Rejected-Patent Review Program Extended By USPTO

Law360, New York (November 26, 2013, 5:45 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Monday that it is extending 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 Dec. 14, but the office said in a notice posted on its website that it will now run through Sept. 30, 2014. The USPTO's 10-month extension of the...
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