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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Pilot Pre-Examination Interview Program Expanded to All Art Units

Read the full story at Patently-O.  Key points:

1.  The pilot program will run for one year from May 16th, presumably with re-evaluation at that time.

2.  To be eligible, the pending application must not have more than three independent and twenty total claims all directed to a single invention (i.e., not subject to a restriction requirement).  

3.  To participate, an applicant must electronically file a request for a first action interview at least one day before an Office action is entered into PAIR.  An application that does not originally fit within the requirements can become eligible through a preliminary amendment.

The big enticement?  A better shot at a first action allowance and a drastically foreshortened prosecution time.

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