Electronic Patent Application Practice at the U.S.P.T.O.
The patent office is beginning a pilot program of sending electronic office actions and replacing the paper version. USPTO will let a few participants into the program starting from August 31. Not only is this convenient, this would be a step forward in rapidly clearing the bottlenecks in a situation where the patent office is being flooded with patent applications, riding on the wave of the boom in medical technology patents.
Excerpt from the announcement e-mail –
e-Office Action Pilot Program
The USPTO is hosting a pilot program for customers to evaluate and comment on the usability and functionality of the e-Office Action program. As an alternative to receiving new outgoing correspondence related to a patent application in paper via postal mail, this program sends the pilot participant an e-mail notification to directly access outgoing documents in Private PAIR.
The pilot will be entering Phase IV on August 31, 2007, and USPTO will open registration in the pilot to a limited number of new participants at this time.
If you would like to provide feedback on the e-Office Action Pilot Program or if you would like to participate in the pilot and need additional information, please send an e-mail to PAIR@uspto.gov.