USPTO Announces a Pilot Program to Eliminate the Need to Pursue Request for Continued Examination

In an effort to streamline the patent application process, a pilot program has been authorized, effective immediately, that would eliminate the need to pursue RCE if additional information becomes available after payment of the patent issue fee.  Under many circumstances, a patent examiner will be able to consider an information disclosure statement for utility and reissue applications, reopening prosecution only if necessary.

Information about the program can be found in the Federal Register.

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