Monday, April 8 2024   \  Published by USPTO.

USPTO establishes new pre-application assessment program to help American inventors

USPTO establishes new pre-application assessment program to help American inventors

Today, the USPTO announced a new pre-application review program called the “Pre-Prosecution Pilot” as part of its continuing commitment to expand access to the innovation ecosystem and support underresourced inventors.

The pilot program is designed to support first-time, prospective inventors by providing assistance in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a potential patent application. USPTO examiners will help first-time prospective patent applicants assess if their invention is novel in the art by providing search assistance using public patent tools.

Any assessment may not be considered an official ruling of patentability by the USPTO, but may help potential applicants avoid common mistakes that may slow down or invalidate the patent review process. Read more

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