I’m less interested in how long it takes to get PPH decisions, and more interested in how long it takes to get a first Office Action when using PPH. It doesn’t help my client to be able to say that an application is on the PPH track. It helps my client to have an issued patent. Do you know of any data regarding this? I don’t see anything useful at https://www.uspto.gov/corda/dashboards/patents/main.dashxml
This reader is correct that the USPTO dashboard is silent on this particular delay, namely how long it takes, after the grant of a PPH petition, to receive a first Office Action.
We’ve tracked such pendency over many hundreds of PPH cases on our docket. I’ll try to answer the reader’s question and offer some practice tips.
Readers will recall (perhaps from my blog post of October 13) that the search fee for ISA/EP will increase (for US filers) on December 1, 2017. This offers an opportunity to save a little money. If your client is planning to file a PCT application in the next week or two, and is planning to pick ISA/EP, consider filing it on November 30 rather than December 1. This will save $139 in search fees.
A long time ago we had a special clock with four time zones. We correspond a lot with clients in China. And we often need to keep track of when it will be midnight at the USPTO or at WIPO. The four-zone clock helped us keep track of these things.
But the special clock was noisy. It clicked as the second hand advanced, and somehow the clicks really carried through the office. Not only that, but all four of the clock faces clicked and the clicks were never quite simultaneous across the four faces. So there were 240 clicks per minute. We eventually scrapped that clock.
Now we have a new four-zone clock as you can see in the photograph. The clocks are silent. And the clocks synchronize their time with WWV.
Two of the clocks (the two in the middle) automatically update themselves for Daylight Saving Time. The one on the right will require manual adjustment four times per year (see blog article).
On December 1, 2017, Brazil will join the DAS system. Brazil’s participation will be as a “depositing Office”. Here is an example of how this participation will benefit patent applicants. Continue reading “Brazil will soon join DAS”
Those who handle pending US patent applications are well aware that it is impossible to carry out one’s work competently without knowing how to use Private PAIR to view pending US patent applications and to check the status of such applications. Likewise one needs to know how to use EFS-Web to file new patent applications and to file follow-on papers.
ePCT is the mechanism for viewing pending PCT applications and for checking the status of such applications. ePCT is an important part of the filing of new PCT patent applications and is a crucial part of the filing of follow-on papers in PCT applications.
It is thus extremely important to learn how to use ePCT. ePCT is extraordinarily feature rich. Here are four webinars which together will explore the 20% or so of the ePCT features which you will use 80% of the time. Continue reading “Webinars to learn about ePCT”