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USPTO AIR

USPTO AIR icon A new web-based tool that allows Applicants to schedule an interview with an Examiner for  their pending patent application.

 Complete the form.

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Video Conference

 

Video conferencing with a patent examiner gives you the ability to have face-to-face meetings, no matter the location of the examiner or attorney. Visit Video Conferencing and Collaboration for instructions on how to join a USPTO-hosted video conference, and information and links on how to use WebEx collaboration tools, including audio/video conferencing and file sharing. In this short video, attorneys share some advantages of video conferencing interviews.

 

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TC Interview Specialist

Interview Specialists are subject matter experts in each Technology Center (TC) and regional office, on interview practice and policy to assist interviews, including facilitating and assisting with technical issues that may arise (e.g. WebEx problems, public interview room setup).

If you have questions or comments about interview practice at the USPTO, please contact a TC Interview Specialist, based on the Technology Center that the application is docketed in.

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Policy and Guidance

Relevant Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) sections:

MPEP Chapter 500-502.03 Communication via Internet (e.g., e-mail) [Searchable MPEP]

MPEP Chapter 700-713 Interviews [Searchable MPEP]

Interview Practice Guidelines for Applicants [PDF] - Information on interview practice to clarify the policies, procedures, and tools available to enable better communicate with examiners.

Applicant Initiated Interview Request form [PDF] - An applicant initiating an interview request should submit an "Applicant Initiated Interview Request" form (PTOL-413A) prior to the interview in order for the examiner to prepare for the interview and to focus on the issues to be discussed. For additional information review MPEP Chapter 713.01, section IV. Scheduling and Conducting an Interview [Searchable MPEP].

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Training and FAQs

Effective Interview Practice [PDF] - Effective Interview Practice discusses the use of an agenda, preparing for the interview, properly recording the interview to clarify the record, and steps that can be taken to properly follow through after the interview.

Interview Best Practices [PDF]- The collaborative effort between AIPLA and the USPTO identifies interview best practices that can be followed by examiners and practitioners. Interview Best Practices identifies accessibility, preparation, substance, and recordation as useful tools and techniques for effective interview practice.

Interview Practice Training Summary [PDF] - Effective Interview Practice addresses why interviews are an important examination tool, identifies a number of key components needed to conduct an effective interview and discusses some frequently asked questions.

FAQs on Interview Practice

Public Interview Room [PDF] - Information on interview practice to clarify the policies, procedures, and tools available to enable better communication with examiners.

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Survey

Checkbox icon We have created a brief survey to learn more about applicant experiences with interview  practices  during prosecution. Responses will help us identify the best practices and training  needs for USPTO.

Take the survey.

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Federal Register Notice

USPTO is updating its Internet usage policy by modifying the authorization requirements to now permit oral authorization for video conferencing tools, such as WebEx, to be provided by the patent applicant/ practitioner to patent examiners before an interview is conducted.

See Federal Register

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Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about interview practice at the USPTO, please send an email to ExaminerInterviewPractice@USPTO.gov or

Contact a TC Interview Specialist.

 

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