McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP attorneys Lawrence Aaronson and Dr. Michael Borella co-authored an article entitled, “Experience with the USPTO’s First Action Interview Program” that appears in the April 2014 online edition of IP Today. On May 5, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office kicked off a new program intended to give applicants and examiners an opportunity to discuss the substance of a patent application before a formal, written examination report is mailed to the applicant. Dubbed the First Action Interview Pilot Program, it requires that the applicant electronically file, at least one day before the first action on the merits is mailed, a Request for First Action Interview. View the article (subscription required)
Note: this article originally appeared in the MBHB Winter 2014 edition of snippets publication.