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Eligibility for Original Pilot Program

New utility applications that fall within either Group I or Group II as outlined below may be eligible for the First Office Action Interview Pilot Program:

Group I:

    (1) Filed on or before September 1, 2005, and prior to a first action on the merits;
     
    (2) Classified in Class 709 (Electrical Computers and Digital Processing Systems: Multi-Computer Data Transferring); and

    (3) Assigned to an art unit in either working group 2140 (group art unit 214x) or 2150 (group art unit 215x).

Group II:

    (1) Filed on or before November 1, 2006, and prior to a first action on the merits;
     
    (2) Classified in Class 707 (Data Processing:  Database and File Management or Data Structures); and

    (3) Assigned to an art unit in working group 2160 (group art unit 216x).

Class and art unit assignment data are available via the Patent Application Information Retrieval System (PAIR) at Public PAIR link http://portal.uspto.gov/external/portal/pair.

For more information about the Original Pilot Program, click here

 

 

 


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