Patent Office Extends ‘Fast-Track’ Examiner Appeal Program

July 2, 2021, 4:11 PM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is extending a program to fast-track appeals of patent examiner decisions.

Unveiled in July 2020, the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program sets a target date of six months for an appeal decision—about half the time of a normal appeal. The program was set to expire Friday.

The patent office said it will extend the program another year. The office also said it would remove a cap of 500 fast-tracked appeals. There is still a limit of 125 granted petitions per quarter.

Patent applicants that want to fast-track their appeals file a petition after the appeal ...

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