What to Know About the USPTO Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative

The USPTO recently announced its Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Initiative, seeking to leverage electronic resources to improve an examiner’s access to relevant information from applicant’s other related applications.  These resources may include related U.S. applications, international applications under the PCT, and counterpart foreign applications by the same applicant. What are the advantages? Simplifies application process for applicant Speeds up examination process Increases efficiency of prosecution procedures Improves prosecution quality What you should be aware of Notification of application included in RPA initiative.  You will receive a Notice of Imported Citations informing you of your application’s inclusion in the Initiative and

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