Speeding Up Issuance

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Speeding Up Issuance

  1. 1. Speeding It Up at the USPTO July 2013 July 23, 2013
  2. 2. Speeding Up Issuance
  3. 3. Speeding Up Issuance • Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) – May eliminate the need for (and expense of) a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) for an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee. • QPIDS Limits – Only available after you pay the issue fee – Must be able to make a certification under 37 CFR 1.97(e)
  4. 4. Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement Way for the Examiner to Consider an IDS After Payment of the Issue Fee •Old Way Issue Fee Paid Petition to Withdraw RCE IDS Issuance
  5. 5. Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement • Transmittal PTO/SB/09 • IDS with 1.97(e) Statement • Petition to Withdraw (Web Based) • RCE & Fee • Authorization to Charge QPIDS Fees to Deposit Account
  6. 6. Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement • Certification Under 1.97(e) – (1) Cited 1st in Foreign Counterpart Application within 3 Months – (2) Not Known of Before within 3 Months
  7. 7. Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement Way for the Examiner to Consider an IDS After Payment of the Issue Fee •New Way Issue Fee Paid Petition to Withdraw RCE (Conditional) IDS Issuance QPIDS Request Notice of Allowability
  8. 8. Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement Way for the Examiner to Consider an IDS After Payment of the Issue Fee •New Way Issue Fee Paid Petition to Withdraw RCE (Conditional) IDS Issuance QPIDS Request Notice Reopen
  9. 9. Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement • QPIDS extended to September 30, 2013 • More information on QPIDS – Main Web Page  http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/qpids.jsp – Quick Start Guide  http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/qpids_qsg.p df – FAQ  http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/qpids_faqs.p df
  10. 10. Speeding It Up at the USPTO July 23, 2013 Copyright 2013 Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP

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