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Saturday Aug 18, 2012

Volunteers Needed to Test Electronic Filing System for Use in New Administrative Trials

Message From Judge Michael Tierney, Board Of Patent Appeals And Interferences:

The USPTO has developed an electronic filing system called Patent Review Processing System (PRPS) to receive filings for the new administrative trials of inter partes review, post grant review, and the transitional program for covered business methods.  The PRPS electronic filing system will become functional on September 16, 2012, which is the effective date for the new administrative trial provisions. 

The USPTO is seeking volunteers to “beta test” the new PRPS electronic filing system.  Specifically, the Office is hosting four separate 2-hour testing sessions on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22, 2012 in the Madison Auditorium at the Alexandria campus for volunteers to participate in prototype trials and a focus group discussion.  Volunteers are asked to attend one of these sessions: 

August 21, 2012

  • 10:00 am to noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT

August 22, 2012

  • 10:00 am to noon EDT
  • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the volunteer form below and return it via email to  Your help is much appreciated as the USPTO is striving to make the PRPS electronic filing system as user friendly and simple as possible.

Volunteer Form


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