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PTO Issues Final Rule to Implement Prioritized Examination Track (Track I)

This just in from AIPLA:

The Patent and Trademark Office on April 4, 2011, issued a final rule to implement prioritized examination upon an applicant’s request and payment of a $4,000 request fee and other filing fees.  76 Fed. Reg. 18399.

Under a new 37 C.F.R. 1.102(e), prioritization is available only for an original and complete utility or plant nonprovisional application that contains or is amended to contain no more than four independent claims, no more than 30 total claims, and no multiple dependent claims.  The goal is to provide a final disposition within twelve months of an application’s receiving prioritized status.

The effective date of the new rule is May 4, 2011, and requests for prioritization may be submitted on or after that date. 

The Federal Register notice states that the Office is limiting requests to a maximum of 10,000 applications during the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The notice also states that the Office lacks statutory authority to extend the small entity fee to examination prioritization, but points out that such authority is contained in the patent reform legislation passed by the Senate (S. 23) and pending in the House (H.R. 1249).

To read the Federal Register notice, click here.

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Steven Lundberg is a registered patent attorney and a founding partner of Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner. His practice is focused on patent protection for software, medical and telecommunications technology, and related opinion and licensing matters. Steve received his B.S.E.E. in 1978 from the University of Minnesota, and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982). He has published and spoken widely on software and electronic patent protection, is active in the Computer and Electronics Committee of the American Intellectual...

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