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The USPTO is ending the unpopular “First Action Interview Pilot Program” effective January 15, 2021. According to the program, an applicant could have requested an interview before receiving a first office action on the merits. The examiner would have performed a search and would have provided the applicant with a short communication including potential rejections. 

In the Federal Register Notice published August 3, 2020, the USPTO notified the final rule on fee changes.  This final rule is effective from October 2, 2020, except for the surcharge for non-DOCX filings, which is effective from January 1, 2022.  As detailed in the Table of Patent Fee Adjustments the final rules includes three […]

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has proposed to modify the fees associated with all aspects of patent filing and maintenance. The proposal includes an increase — by about 25% — of the petition fees and institution fees for all post-grant proceedings.  Post-Grant Proceeding Fee Increases The total fees due will bring the […]