USPTO Proposes Modifications to Patent Examination Timing


On June 3, 2010, the PTO requested the public's opinions regarding a proposed 3 track examination system. Track I would provide a rapid examination upon applicant's request and payment of a fee, Track II would provide the traditional examination processing, and Track III would allow examination to be delayed for up to 30 months for applications that do not claim foreign priority or domestic benefit. The USPTO will hold a public meeting on July 20, 2010. Written comments regarding this proposal must be submitted by August 20, 2010.