Patent and Trademark Office August 16, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Changes in Accelerated Examination Practice
Document Number: 2016-19527
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
In 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) introduced the accelerated examination program to permit an application to be advanced out of turn if the applicant files a grantable petition under the program. Since its institution, the patent landscape has witnessed numerous legal changes such as the America Invents Act (AIA), the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act (PLTIA) implementing the provisions of the Patent Law Treaty (PLT), and the USPTO's adoption of the Cooperative Patent Classification system (CPC) along with changes to USPTO systems. Accordingly, the Office is updating the accelerated examination program to reflect these changes in the law and examination practice.