• Navigating Expanding USPTO Options for Compact Patent Prosecution
  • August 17, 2017 | Authors: Jordan N. Bodner; Eric J. Hamp
  • Law Firms: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Washington Office; Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. - Chicago Office
  • As part of the Enhanced Patent Quality initiative, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has gradually expanded the after-final landscape for patent applicants. Where options at the close of patent prosecution were traditionally limited to full appeals or requests for continued examination (RCE), the USPTO has enacted other options for resolving disputes in potentially quicker and more cost effective manners.