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If you have an application that has received a final rejection, consider filing a request for participation in the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program.

The USPTO has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) and Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot programs for another year.  These two pilot programs now run until September 30, 2017.

The USPTO has released a memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps regarding recent subject matter eligibility decisions issued by the Federal Circuit.  The points highlighted in the memorandum may be helpful in drafting certain applications and in responding to a rejection under Section 101 finding that claims are drawn to non-statutory subject matter.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an opinion regarding the meaning of "covered business method patent" as it relates to AIA trials in the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  The CAFC decision may limit the reach of CBM review by the PTAB.

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The USPTO has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking setting or adjusting certain patent and PTAB fees.  The public may submit comments on the proposed fee changes.  Any comments must be received by the USPTO on or before December 2, 2016 for consideration.