The Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) program is part of the USPTO's on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and pendency reduction. The QPIDS program is fully implemented on a permanent basis.
In particular, the QPIDS 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.
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 Patent Center Quick Start Guide for the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) 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 September 28, 2018]