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Consultation on accelerated patent processing at the IPO

21 June 2013

The IP Federation has submitted a response to the UK IPO (Intellectual Property Office) con­sulta­tion with extended deadline 21 June 1013, This sought views on accelerated patent processing at the IPO and their proposal to introduce a “superfast” patent processing service. Comments were sought by 12 June 2013, but the IPO has kindly granted an extension up to 21 June 1013. 

Although our members would not in any case expect to use the service except in exceptional circumstances, we hope that the IPO will take these comments on board. In our view, the existing acceleration system works well and meets business needs. A "superfast" system could cause backlogs for examination of other patent applications, with many other risks and problems, as set out in the paper.
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