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USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities

10-May-2020 | Source : AG-IP News | Visits : 617
WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, according to the official website of USPTO.

Under this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to patent applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination. In addition, the USPTO will endeavor to reach final disposition of applications in this program within six months if applicants respond promptly to communications from the USPTO.

“Independent inventors and small businesses are often the difference makers when it comes to cutting-edge innovation and the growth of our economy,” said Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. “They are also in most need of assistance as we fight this pandemic. Accelerating examination of COVID-19-related patent applications, without additional fees, will permit such innovators to bring important and possibly life-saving treatments to market more quickly.”
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