USPTO Test Program Would Accelerate Exam Process

Law360, New York (June 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An “accelerated examination” program for patent applicants who wish to complete the process in under a year will be offered for those willing to put in a little extra work, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced Monday.

The proposal is now subject to a 60-day public comment period, and would therefore be ready for enactment, barring any changes, by the end of August.

“Accelerated examination can provide innovators with the early certainty they may need to attract investors or protect their inventions against infringers,”...
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