USPTO addresses backlog

The United States Patent and Trade Marks Office (USPTO) has announced a scheme that is targeted at reducing the reduce the backlog of unexamined patent applications pending before the USPTO. Under the program known as  ” the Project Exchange”, which will take effect with the publication of the Federal Register notice in the coming weeks, any applicant with more than one application, filed prior to the inception of the program, currently pending at the USPTO can receive expedited review of one application in exchange for withdrawing an unexamined application. It is anticipated that this will give applicants with multiple filings greater control over the priority in which their applications are examined and enable priority applications to be examined on an expedited basis.

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