July 15, 2021by Element IP

The USPTO is extending the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program until July 2, 2022. Initiated on July 2, 2020, the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program provides for the advancement of applications out of their turn in the ex parte appeals phase of patent prosecution before the PTAB. The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program permits an appellant who has filed an ex parte appeal and received a notice that the appeal has been docketed to file a petition to expedite the review of the appeal. The Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program sets a target of reaching a decision on an ex parte appeal within six months from the date that the appeal is entered into the program.

The Federal Register Notice is available here.

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