Fast-track patents at USPTO

The USPTO has been discussing a variety of possible scenarios that might be introduced to alleviate the patent examination backlog.  At this time, approximately 700,000 applications are in line for processing.  In the high-tech sector there is often a direct connection between the status of a patent and the ability to secure financing.

According to Business Week, “Patent Reform: High Stakes for Small Biz

Letting patent applicants speed up or delay examinations could help small businesses if fees don’t put the fast-track reviews out of reach.

Although Congress may have to approve some of the changes, the USPTO hopes to be able to implement the fast-track by mid-2011.

For the latest from USPTO on the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)

Post written by Peter Bloch, consultant to CAS-IP

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