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gives patent applicants option for accelerated examination.
Basically, if the applicant does a decent patent search and provides the
patent examiner with the search results and opinion, the examination
will be accelerated to reach final decision within 12 months.; This is a
major advance since most applicants WANT the examiner to review the most
relevant art so that the patent is more likely to stand up in any court
|US Patent Office receives
443,000 new patent applications. Despite increasing
fees, patent applications continue to be filed in ever increasing
numbers. In 2005, the USPTO received a record 409,000 new patent
Patent Office is now an approved Int. Search Authority for US filed PCT
applications. It is, in fact, the cheapest
at $232 versus the US search fee of $300 and the much, much higher EPO
search fee of $2059.
now up to $100 lower for electronic filing. See our
IP Trademark News.