The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office continues to expand its use of pilot programs to improve the patent prosecution process. The agency recently announced that the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program has been extended to March 23, 2013. The program aims to reduce the number of Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs) filed for consideration of an IDS after the issue fee is paid.
Here is how the QPIDS pilot works:
- The examiner will consider IDS submissions before determining whether prosecution should be reopened.
- Prosecution will only be reopened where the examiner determines that reopening prosecution is necessary to address an item of information in the IDS.
- When the items of information in the IDS do not require prosecution to be reopened, the application will return to issue, thereby eliminating the delays and costs associated with RCE practice.
In order to be eligible, an application must be an allowed utility or reissue application where the issue fee has been paid and the patent has not yet issued. A QPIDS submission must be made via the USPTO’s online filing system, EFS-Web.
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