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USPTO outlines three-track patent filing plan

Eileen McDermott, New York

The USPTO has proposed a three-track patent examination system in an effort to reduce its backlog of more than 750,000 pending applications

The new system would feature three examination options for patent applications first filed in the US: Track I – prioritised examination; Track II – traditional examination; and Track III – applicant-controlled delayed examination for up to 30 months.

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