Tuesday, December 5 2023   \  Published by JD Supra.

USPTO Announces Fast Track ‎Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program

USPTO Announces Fast Track ‎Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program

On November 30, 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new pilot program for applicants to freely expedite examinations of applications directed to semiconductor manufacturing, including innovations that increase semiconductor device production, reduce semiconductor manufacturing costs, and strengthen the semiconductor supply chain in support of the CHIPS Act of 2022.

The pilot program will allow qualifying applications, upon request, to be advanced out of turn for examination (granted special status) until a first Office action is issued, without any additional cost to the applicant. Further, the applicant is not required to satisfy the other requirements of the accelerated examination program or the prioritized examination program. Read more

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