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USPTO Releases Data on Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3)

By Michael Varco, Associate On December 13, 2016, at the USPTO’s Patent Quality Conference, the USPTO released statistics on its Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3). As of 12/8/2016, 995 P3 Pilot decisions have been...more

PTO Extends Pilot Programs

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot programs until September 30, 2017. ...more

Is Final Really Final? Alternative Patent Prosecution Routes after a Final Office Action

by Winstead PC on

The prosecution of a patent application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be a prolonged and costly process. The patent prosecution process can include the issuance of an Office Action by the USPTO and...more

New USPTO P3 Program for After Final Office Actions Is Useful Hybrid of Pre-Appeal and AFCP Programs

The Post-Prosecution Pilot Program, dubbed “P3” by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), offers applicants a new, and arguably improved, path through the after-final landscape. P3 provides applicants the...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2016 Vol. 14, Issue 1

Patentable Subject Matter after Alice: Best Practices for Responding to 35 U.S.C. § 101 Rejections - It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l,...more

Share Your Patent Quality Pet Peeves

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO is inviting stakeholders to suggest topics for patent quality case studies. As explained in the December 21, 2015 Federal Register Notice, “the USPTO performs case studies to investigate specific quality-related...more

USPTO News Briefs - October 2015

USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 Program - Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicated on its website and through a Patents Alert e-mail that the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP...more

USPTO Extends Pilot Programs for Accelerating Examination

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended its After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 and Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement programs through September 30, 2016. The programs are part of the USPTO’s...more

USPTO News Briefs - November 2014 #2

Prioritized Examination Interim Rule Adopted As Final - Last March, we reported on an interim rule implemented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that expanded the time periods for meeting certain requirements for...more

Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 and QPIDS Pilot Programs to September 2015

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced it has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot program (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement program (QPIDS), which are now...more

Did the USPTO Really Improve the ‘After Final Consideration Pilot’?

On October 1, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (“AFCP 2.0”) – a program intended to provide new features that will enhance communication between...more

Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 to December 2013

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced that the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has been extended to December 14, 2013. The AFCP 2.0 was previously scheduled to expire on September...more

USPTO Launches Updated Version Of Its After Final Consideration Pilot Program

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an updated version of its After Final Consideration Pilot Program (AFCP 2.0). ...more

USPTO News Briefs -- May 28, 2013

USPTO Modifies After Final Consideration Pilot Program - Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 29117) regarding modifications to the After...more

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