Category Archives: USPTO Practice and Policy

Want an Expedited Decision on your Appeal? Use the USPTO’s Fast Track Appeals Pilot Program

Guest post from the USPTO: What is the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program? Under the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program, appellants can have their ex parte appeals advanced out of turn. Appellants simply file a petition to request fast-track review of their … Continue reading

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USPTO Announces Program to Eliminate Filing Fees in Exchange for Early Publication of COVID-19 Applications

Since all the other commentators are posting about this Notification, I thought I should say a few words as well. The USPTO will eliminate the filing fees for applicants who agree to publish their COVID-19-related provisional applications in a PTO-managed … Continue reading

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USPTO Announces Fast-Track Ex Parte Appeals Pilot Program

July 1, 2020 USPTO Press Release: “WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The ‘Fast-Track … Continue reading

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USPTO Proposes Fee Increases Across the Board

Predictably, the USPTO has proposed increasing fees for about every piece of “paper” they receive/require. While most of the increases are in the 5-10% range for routine prep/pros matter, some of the increases are much larger. These often seem strategic, … Continue reading

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