USPTO Extends Review Program For Rejected Patents

By Kevin Penton (October 6, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Monday that it has given another year of life to a program that attempts to redefine the "final" in a final consideration for a rejected patent application.

Applicants will now have until Sept. 30, 2016, to use the After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0, which gives examiners up to three hours to consider applicants' responses to their rejections.

The program began in 2012, was revamped in May 2013, and was extended in 2014. Before it took effect, applicants usually had limited opportunity to respond after a final rejection and had to file a request for a...

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