Q2: Changes in procedure or regulation

Negaative Count Incentives for Unreasonable Delays

The Patent Office should implement a negative count for applications under RCE that remain too long at the Patent Office without a response. The incentive should be increased according to the length of time spent on the Examiner’s docket. Responses to RCEs should normally be provided within three months. At four months without a response, a negative 0.1 count per case should be attributed to the Examiner. At six ...more »

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