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Do you need expedited examination of your patent application?  Prioritized examination under track 1 of the USPTO’s three  track examination to begin May 4, 2011.  Do you have a competitor who is copying your inventive products?  The USPTO announced April 4, 2011 that Track 1 would begin May 4, 2011 and be limited to a maximum of 10,000 applications through September 30, 2011.  The maximum number of applications to be accepted for the next year will be re-evaluated at that time.  The USPTO also announced that Examination under Track 3 is expected to begin September 30, 2011.

Currently, the expected fee for filing a patent application and requesting prioritized examination is $5,520 for a large entity and $4,892 for a small entity.  This fee includes the basic filing fee, the search fee, the examination fee, the prioritized examination fee, the processing fee, and the publication fee.  If legislation is passed permitting the USPTO to reduce the fee for small entities, the fee for filing a patent application and requesting prioritized examination would be $6,320 for a large entity and $3,292 for a small entity.

The USPTO further clarified if the claims are amended during prosecution to include more than 4 independent claims, or more than thirty claims, or multiply dependent claims, the prioritized examination will be terminated.

For additional details regarding Track 1 please refer to The USPTO’s Proposed 3 Track Examination of Patent Application.  Please contact Vidas, Arrett, and Steinkraus to discuss whether Track I is a suitable course of action for your situation. 

This update was prepared by Jennifer Buss. Jennifer is an intellectual property lawyer at Vidas, Arrett & Steinkraus. For more information about this update, please contact Jennifer at 952-563-3018 or via email.

This update should not be considered legal advice. Your receipt of this update does not establish an Attorney-Client Relationship. We do, however, invite you to contact us if you would like us to represent you.

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