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Can Your Company Benefit from the USPTO’s Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program?

Can Your Company Benefit from the USPTO’s Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program?

Author: David A. EinhornDate: July 15, 2020

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) continues to roll out new pilot programs. Its latest, the “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program,” seeks to speed up the resolution of ex parte appeals. 

The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program took effect on July 2, 2020. Under the program, an appellant who has filed an ex parte appeal before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and received a notice that the appeal has been docketed may file a petition, accompanied by a petition fee, to expedite the review of his or her appeal. According to the USPTO, it expects that the average ex parte appeal reviewed under the new pilot program will be decided within six months from the date a petition is granted. Currently, the average appeal pendency is about 15 months. 

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