Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS)
The Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program is part of the USPTO's on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and pendency reduction.
In particular, the QPIDS pilot program eliminates the requirement for processing of a request for continued examination (RCE) with an information disclosure statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee in order for the IDS to be considered by the examiner. Where the examiner determines that no item of information in the IDS necessitates reopening prosecution, the USPTO will issue a corrected notice of allowability.
The QPIDS pilot program, which was originally scheduled to run from May 16, 2012, to September 30, 2012, was first extended to December 15, 2012, then extended to March 23, 2013, and is further extended to September 30, 2013. All compliant requests for consideration of an information disclosure statement under the QPIDS pilot program filed on or after May 16, 2012, and on or before September 30, 2013, will be considered.
Federal Register Notice
Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) Pilot Program was signed on May 3, 2012, and published on May 10, 2012, at 77 Fed. Reg. 27443 [PDF].
Quick Start Guide
The EFS-Web Quick Start Guide for the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) Pilot Program [PDF] provides information needed to rapidly understand how to file a QPIDS submission, including a brief overview of the process and screen shots that identify critical steps in the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] [originally posted May 11, 2012, and last updated May 16, 2013]