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Accelerated Examination

The USPTO has established procedures under which the examination of a patent application may be accelerated. Under one of these procedures, the USPTO will advance an application out of turn for examination if the applicant files a grantable petition to make special under the accelerated examination program. The USPTO is similarly revising the procedures for other petitions to make special, except those based on applicant’s health or age or the PPH pilot program. Other petitions to make special (i.e., based on: manufacture, infringement, environmental quality, energy, recombinant DNA, superconductivity materials, HIV/AIDS and cancer, countering terrorism, and biotechnology applications filed by small entities  MPEP § 708.02 ) will be processed using the revised procedure for accelerated examination. Thus, petitions to make special, except those based on applicant’s health, age, or the  PPH pilot program , will be required to comply with the requirements for petitions to make special under the accelerated examination program as set forth in this notice.

The effective date for this change in practice is : 25 August 2006 .

 


 Comparison Chart of Domestic Acceleration Initiatives [PDF]

For more information on international worksharing programs and proposals, see the worksharing Web page: http://www.uspto.gov/ip/global/patents/ir_pat_worksharing.jsp

 Accelerated Examination Statistics [PDF] [data updated April 9, 2012]

Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] [updated May 20, 2014]

Guidelines

Samples

Tips to Consider When Drafting an AE Submission


Powerpoint Presentations


Federal Register Notice

 


File On-Line via EFS-Web

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Interim filing procedure for sequence listings: 

On October 14, 2006 the USPTO deployed the newest release of EFS-Web. EFS-Web is now capable of handling sequence listings and other large text files. Therefore, the interim procedures for filing such large text files are no longer available. Applicants must file the entire application through the new improved EFS-Web interface.

 


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