This past September the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) extended two key pilot programs. The first, the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program has been extended to run through September 30, 2015. The QPIDS program provides a path for information disclosure statements to be entered and considered without a request for continued examination after the payment of the issue fee.
The second program, the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), has also been extended to run through September 30, 2015. The AFCP 2.0 program authorizes additional time for the Examiner to consider responses after a Final Office Action, including time for an interview, upon the submission of a response amending at least one independent claim and the proper request form.
For more information on QPIDS, click here.
For more information on AFCP 2.0, click here.