The USPTO has once again extended the After Final Consideration Pilot Program (AFCP 2.0) for another year, until September 30, 2019. The AFCP 2.0 pilot program authorizes additional time for examiners to search and consider responses after final rejection without the filing of an RCE.
The Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) program, which began as a pilot program that had been renewed on a year-to-year basis along with the AFCP program, has now been implemented on a permanent basis. The QPIDS program provides a route for the submission of an Information Disclosure Statement after the issue fee has been paid, without the need for a Request For Continued Examination (RCE).
After Final Consideration Pilot and Quick Path IDS Update
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