Today, the USPTO released "a new online interview scheduling tool Automated Interview Request (AIR) that allows applicants to request an interview with an Examiner for their pending patent application. By submitting this type of interview request, the pending patent application will be in compliance with the written authorization requirement for Internet communication in accordance with MPEP §502.03. This authorization will be in effect until the Applicant provides a written withdrawal of authorization to the Examiner of record."
The USPTO AIR form is available on the interview practice page, which gives tips on interviews, which can help applicants efficiently prosecute patents and a link to video conferencing.
The USPTO directs questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and interview specialists.
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