The First Action Interview Pilot Program has been discontinued. The last day for applicants to file requests to participate in the program was January 15, 2021. Any new, compliant requests to join the pilot program received on or before January 15, 2021, will be granted and the applications will be examined in accordance with the provisions of the program. Also, if you have any applications which are already included in this program, they will continue to be treated under the processes of the program.
Under the program, participants are permitted to conduct an interview with the examiner after reviewing a Pre-Interview Communication providing the result of a prior art search conducted by the examiner. Participants experience many benefits including: (1) the ability to advance prosecution of an application; (2) enhanced interaction between applicant and the examiner; (3) the opportunity to resolve patentability issues one-on-one with the examiner at the beginning of the prosecution process; and (4) the opportunity to facilitate possible early allowance.
Full First Action Interview Pilot Program
More information about the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program is available here.
Previous Versions of the First Action Interview Pilot Program
More information about the original First Action Interview Pilot Program (04/28/08 - 11/01/08) is available here.
More information about the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program (10/01/09 - 03/31/11) is available here.