Post-Grant Outcomes Pilot Identifies 600+ Patent Applications Related to Ongoing AIA Trial Proceedings
Back in February I discussed the USPTO’s plans to launch a pilot program designed to enhance communication between patent examiners and the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB). The USPTO explained the pilot as an attempt to create a bridge between the PTAB and patent examiners examining patent applications related to an ongoing AIA trial proceeding. That pilot, now known as the Post-Grant Outcomes Pilot is well underway.
The Pilot launched on April 25, 2016. The Pilot will conclude after four months or once 400 surveys are received, whichever occurs first. As of July 18th, 2016, 687 child applications have been identified in the Pilot, with over 200 surveys completed. You can find the examiner training materials for this program (here)