Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

The USPTO recently introduced a Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program that provides expedited review in ex parte appeals. When the application receives an appeal number, the Appellant may file a petition and pay a $400 fee for an expedited review and decision on their appeal. The USPTO target is to reach a decision on the ex parte appeal within six months after the application has been accepted into the Pilot Program. Currently, the average appeal pendency is about 15 months. See Federal Register Notice: [PDF]