Interviews enable Applicants and Examiners to discuss and resolve issues and are an effective tool to advance the prosecution of an application. The USPTO encourages Examiners to take a proactive approach to examination by reaching out and engaging our stakeholders in order to shorten prosecution.
USPTO AIR is a web-based tool that allows Applicants to request and interview with an Examiner for their pending patent application. AIR is a convenient online form for submitting requests for interviews. After the form is submitted, an examiner will respond to you to confirm your request within two business days.
Watch USPTO's Interview Practice short video below for a brief introduction to the USPTO Automated Interview Request (AIR) tool and other available USPTO interview resources.