[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 132 (Monday, July 11, 2016)]
[Notices][Pages 44845-44849] Post-Prosecution Pilot Program
AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; request for comment.
is also designed to reduce the number of appeals and issues to be taken up on appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), and reduce the number of Requests for Continued Examination (RCE), and simplifythe after final landscape. This notice identifies requirements and procedures of the P3, which will govern entry into, and practice under, the P3. This notice also solicits public comments on the P3 and other suggestions to improve after final practice and reduce the number of both appeals to the PTAB and RCEs.
DATES: Effective Date: July 11, 2016.
Duration: The P3 will accept requests beginning July 11, 2016,until either January 12, 2017, or the date the Office accepts a total (collectively across all technology centers) of 1,600 compliant requests to participate under the P3, whichever occurs first. Each individual
technology center will accept no more than 200 compliant requests,meaning that the P3 may close with respect to an individual technology center that has accepted 200 compliant requests, even as it continues to run in other technology centers that have yet to accept 200 compliant requests.
Comment Deadline Date: Written comments must be received on or before November 14, 2016.
For more information https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-11/html/2016-16423.htm