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4/4/2011 10:40 PM EDT
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DrQuine
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DrQuine   4/8/2011 11:24:09 PM
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It would be interesting to obtain statistics on which classification categories are experiencing the longest and the shortest delays. In some cases the extra payment will be of very little value whereas in other categories there could be years of benefit for the extra fee. Another benefit of accelerating the review process for sensitive emerging technologies would be that the patent could issue before publication rather than having the "answer" published and being worked around by competitors while the patent was still pending.

krisi
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krisi   4/7/2011 6:02:37 PM
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Great idea @docdivakar,perhaps IBM can use their Watson system for this purpose...Kris

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docdivakar   4/7/2011 5:54:02 PM
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@rick.merritt: this is bad news for the little guy! How can individuals with small budgets (even startups for that matter) expect to shell out this extra money (when big corps as @Duane Benson mentions fill up the slot) and stay competitive? I think there has to be progress made at the USPTO & equivalent agencies worldwide to use more AI & natural language processing to speed up patent applications processing, clear infringements & validate claims. So much of the information is already accessible online to cull from. I simply refuse to believe manual labor is the continuing bottleneck at USPTO so one has to shell out extra cash to get things processed fast. MP Divakar

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Robotics Developer   4/7/2011 1:01:15 AM
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This is a classic government move to charge more for the same service; all the while hurting the average guy's application time to acceptance. I am a fan of providing enough processing power and people to get a handle on the backlog. Does fast tracking provide any advantage to the first to file proposed change in patent laws?

krisi
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krisi   4/5/2011 5:55:01 PM
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I think it will be like ferry system here in BC: they introduced extra fee reservation that guarantees you will get on-board. That obviously reduced probability of non-reserved people of getting on board on their desired sailing. Number of ferries didn't change but the profits for the ferry corporation increased. Everyone is happy, wealthy has easy access to service, business makes more money and poor can spend more time at the ferry terminals to enjoy the views of the Georgia Strait ;-)...Kris

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Duane Benson   4/5/2011 5:19:50 PM
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My guess is that the 10,000 will be filled up by large companies pretty quickly, just furthering their advantage in the patent race. In addition to fee reductions for small companies, there should fast-track slot be allocation as well.

goafrit
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goafrit   4/5/2011 12:49:25 PM
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Very interesting. We will see how this new innovation will play out in the USPTO

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kdboyce   4/5/2011 12:09:25 AM
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The expected 12 month improvement over the "3 year average" to grant a patent is a good thing. Fast track is one thing. The quality and depth of the review of prior art as well as merit of the claims is yet another. Can that be done without pushing the non fast track averages out to 4 or 5 years? Companies or individuals will have to file quick in hopes of being in the 10000 application pool for 2011.

krisi
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krisi   4/4/2011 11:39:03 PM
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I would pay $4k if granting the patent would be essential to my company...my guess is it will have a minor impact on the backlog...Kris

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rick merritt   4/4/2011 11:04:29 PM
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Will you pay $4,000 for this service? How quickly do you think the patent office will reach its limit of 10,000 applications for this fast track service? And will it help cut down the backlog?

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