Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos has testified before a Congressional committee regarding the implementation and success of the America Invents Act. Kappos told lawmakers that innovators are “already seeing the benefits of this legislation.”
As proof that the changes are working, Kappos reported that the USPTO has reduced its backlog of applications for utility patents to the “lowest level in years.” This was confirmed in a report released as recently report here. Kappos also testified that it still takes the agency about 34 months to finish reviewing a patent application, but that the USPTO is working diligently to reduce that time.
Kappos’s testimony, also outlined several reforms that are already in place, as well as those that will be implimented. He specifically highlighted the success of the accelerated examination program (Track One). As Kappos noted, the USPTO has received more than 3,500 Track One patent applications. The agency has also completed more than 1,900 first actions on Track One examinations in an average of 43 days, mailed over 330 allowances, and issued more than 100 patents.
Kappos discussed fee setting and reiterated that the proposed fee schedule represents only an initial proposal and is far from final. The proposed fees for micro-entities, along with the other fees, will not be final until March 13, 2013.
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