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Accelerating examination to obtain a US patent

By Bailey ZIEGLER, US Patent Attorney
Ziegler_Search.jpg The speed of examination at the US Patent Office (USPTO) to obtain a US patent can be excessively long for some patent applicants. This may be especially true for applicants in technical fields with limited periods of commercial advantage. Nevertheless the USPTO offers multiple initiatives to advance the speed of examination.
Published on: 4th May 2022

American and French Patent Offices Enter into a PPH Agreement

By Bailey ZIEGLER, US Patent Attorney
Ziegler_Search.jpg On November 8, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of France (INPI) entered a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement. Effective December 1, 2021, applicants for a French patent receiving a positive opinion for patentability from the INPI may request accelerated examination at the USPTO using the PPH Pilot program.
Published on: 2nd Dec 2021

Continuing applications : pointers for european applicants on creating US patent portfolio

By Bailey ZIEGLER, US Patent Attorney
Ziegler_Search.jpg According to a study of applications filed at the USPTO in fiscal year 2015, approximately 30% of applications filed were continuing applications. As many US claim drafting principles stand in stark contrast to their European counterparts, European applicants may be missing out on the unique opportunity to create a diverse US patent portfolio through continuing application filings.
Published on: 25th Nov 2021

Changes to USPTO Fees Effective October 2

By Bailey Ziegler, US Patent Attorney.
Ziegler_Search.jpg We would like to inform you that fee changes are being implemented by the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and take effect on October 2, 2020. On average, patent fees are increasing by approximately 5%.
Published on: 25th Sept 2020