USPTO proposes Track 1, a priority patent examination track

On February 4, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its proposed rules for the implementation of a prioritized patent examination track (Track 1), as part of the Office’s new examination timing control procedures. For an additional fee, applicants can choose Track 1, which offers priority examination of a patent application within 12 months of its filing date. The Track 1 fee is $4,000 (i.e., on top of the normal $1,090 fee for filing, search and examination). For complete information see the notice at 76 Fed. Reg. 6371.

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