USPTO Proposes Fast Track Examination Option

The USPTO has requested comments regarding a proposal to implement fast track examination (Track I of the 3-Track Proposal, published June 4, 2010). Comments are due on or before March 7, 2011.

To qualify for Track I the application must be a utility application and have no more than four (4) independent claims and thirty (30) total claims. The fast track prioritization will be terminated upon the filing of a petition for extension of time. A pre-filing search is not necessary. The proposed PTO fee is $4,000.00.
Unlike the June 2010 proposal, this proposal allows applicants to request Track I examination in applications that claim foreign priority before receiving an office action in the country of first filing.

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