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USPTO Launches Interactive Model Predicting Average Patent Pendency

Jim Ruttler, Patent Attorney

Posted Monday, January 18, 2010 by Jim Ruttler

A top priority of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is to reduce patent pendency periods. As part of this goal the USPTO is making efforts to operate with a higher level of transparency. In December the USPTO introduced an interactive Patent Pendency Model (PPM) on its Web site that will enable users to “estimate pendency periods using historical data to make calculations and to create graphs of predicted outcomes”. Director David Kappos has said he recognizes the importance of providing a means for stakeholders to see and understand the factors that affect the pendency of applications, which includes the number of examiner hires per year; the amount of overtime worked; and the number of patents filed. The PPM provides forecasts through 2016 and is an attempt to ensure innovators that improvements are being made to reduce patent pendency.

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