The USPTO is extending the time for the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) program and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) to September 30, 2015.
The AFCP 2.0 gives a framework for negotiations with the examiner after a final rejection and QPIDS allows submission of prior art after the issue fee payment. Both can lead to allowance without the delay and cost of a request for continued examination.
See USPTO Patent Application Initiatives Timeline for other options to advance progress of a patent application.
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