Can an Interview Improve Patent Quality?

During patent prosecution, a patent applicant can request an interview with the examiner to discuss the pending application.

The USPTO has always believed that well-documented interviews can help foster high quality patents by enhancing understanding and issue-resolution between the inventor and the Examiner. Now it has the data to support these claims.

The USPTO recently analyzed data on patent quality in applications where interviews were held as well as where interviews were not held. The study included data from over 22,000 applications from the past five years.

The findings revealed that interviews conducted prior to final disposition (allowance or final rejection) of the application increase the probability that the subsequent action will be in full compliance with all applicable quality standards. In addition, the data showed that interviews help decrease both improper allowances and improper rejections by approximately 40 percent compared to applications without interviews prior to the final disposition.

Based on the findings, the USPTO now more than ever encourages both examiners and applicants to consider using  interviews.

How Can I Help?

For more information about how to use this process to your advantage, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation at or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.

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