The change in order of examination of RCEs did not affect after final practice. Most attorneys request interviews after final rejections, file requests for reconsideration, possibly submit a 1.131 or 1.132 declaration, and if those fail, there are no alternatives but to file an RCE.
Q8: RCEs and order of examination
The USPTO doesn't bear all of the responsibility in reducing pendency. Some of the responsibility should fall with applicants and their practitioners who purchase extension after extension, which is a major driver in pendency length. Currently, RCE's are processed in order of effective filing date. My idea would be to reduce the effective fiing date of the application for purposes of examination order in RCE's by ...more »