Patent and Trademark Office July 2, 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program
Document Number: 2020-14244
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is initiating the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program to provide for the advancement of applications out of turn in ex parte appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). An appellant who has filed an ex parte appeal and received a notice that the appeal has been docketed may file a petition, accompanied by a petition fee, to expedite the review of his or her appeal. The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program sets a target of reaching a decision on the ex parte appeal within six months from the date an appeal is entered into the Pilot Program.