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USPTO Announces Prioritized Examination Program


HOUSTON, TX. (April 5, 2011)— ARNOLD & KNOBLOCH — On April 4th, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the implementation of the “prioritized examination,” a program that provides applicants with greater control over when their applications are examined.

Starting May 4, 2011, applicants may request to have their application placed on the examiner’s “special docket” throughout its entire prosecution—for an extra fee of $4000.  Some who have applications in slow areas of the Office will see this as a good deal.  The goal is to provide the applicant with a final disposition within twelve months of prioritized status being granted.  This program is limited to a maximum of 10,000 applications, at least until the end of this fiscal year.

There are a number of requirements for an application to be allowed this special status, and a significant amount of pre-filing work should be performed to maximize the benefit of prioritized examination.

Please contact us if you would like more information on the new program.

ARNOLD & KNOBLOCH, L.L.P. — Houston, Texas — is a full-service intellectual property law firm that provides comprehensive legal strategies to clients regarding patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition and other intellectual property issues.  Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders services clients from Fortune 100 to small mid-market companies as well as in-house counsel, other lawyers and law firms, inventors, artists and writers.  Arnold, Knobloch & Saunders offers both domestic and international clients strategies through intellectual property to create and protect value, mitigate risk, and achieve business advantage.

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