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Another Patent Acceleration Option: USPTO Initiates Glossary Pilot Program

  • 03.27.14
  • Michael V. Messinger and Salvador M. Bezos
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Beginning June 2, 2014, patent applicants have another vehicle to accelerate examination of a newly-filed patent application – add a glossary.
 
The United States Patent and Trademark Office launched today a new pilot program on the use of a glossary section in a patent application for a computer-related or business method invention. The pilot aims to determine whether a glossary section in the specification of a patent application improves the clarity of patent claims and enhances patent quality by making the meaning of claims more clear to the USPTO and public. By adding a glossary and participating in the pilot program, applicants will have their applications examined out of turn.
 
To learn more about the Glossary Pilot Program, download the attached client alert.

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