Monday, April 22, 2019

Pre-examination notice revisions

Beginning April 22, USPTO customers will see changes to various pre-examination notices for patent applications. Some of these changes were made in response to feedback from customers.
In general, the revised notices:
  • More clearly define the required items and corrections needed to complete the application and ready it for examination
  • Create consistency between the practices for nonprovisional applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) and national stage applications under 35 U.S.C. 371
If you have questions regarding a pre-examination notice received in an application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111, please contact the Application Assistance Unit at (571) 272-4000. Questions regarding a pre-examination notice received in a national stage application under 35 U.S.C. 371 should be directed to the person listed on the notice or, alternatively, the PCT help desk at (571) 272-4300.