AFCP

August 2016 Patent Prosecution Update

August 24, 2016

The August 2016 patent prosecution lunch featured a discussion of the new Automated Interview Request (AIR) program at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Other topics include a review of the new Authorization for Internet Communication form (PTO/SB/439) and recent changes to the Accelerated Examination program. The presentation concluded with a discussion of options and strategies for responding to Final Office Actions without having to resort to filing a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) by utilizing the Request for Pre-Appeal Brief Review, After Final Consideration Pilot Program 2.0 (AFCP 2.0),or Post Prosecution Pilot (P3) processes. The presentation may be downloaded here.


October 2015 Prosecution Lunch

November 12, 2015

The October 2015 prosecution featured a discussion of the availability of PDFs on the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website. In addition, this presentation contains an explanation of the USPTO’s Patent View website and the web-based issue fee form (Web 85b) which allows patent practitioners to pay issue fees and have the information automatically entered into the system. Also information is provided about the After Final Consideration Pilot Program (AFCP) 2.0 and the Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) programs being extended to September 30, 2016. There was also a discussion of a copyright case concerning clothing (Varsity Brands, Inc. et al. v. Star Athletica, LLC). The presentation can be downloaded here.


The After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) Pilot Have Been Extended

October 6, 2015

The After-Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path IDS (QPIDS) pilot have been extended to September 30, 2016. AFCP 2.0 authorizes additional time for examiners to search and/or consider responses after final rejection. The QPIDS pilot program eliminates the requirement for processing of a request for continued examination (RCE) with an information disclosure statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee in order for the IDS to be considered by the examiner.

More information on these and other USPTO programs can be found here.