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IP Alert: USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot Program 2.0

September 27, 2019

This week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that the After Final Consideration Pilot Program 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has been extended to September 30, 2020. The program has been part of the USPTO’s ongoing efforts toward “compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.”

AFCP 2.0 was first launched in May 2013 and was originally scheduled to run through September 30, 2013. The program has been extended several times since.

Any request to consider a response after final rejection under AFCP 2.0 must be filed on or before September 30, 2020. For more information, please visit the AFCP 2.0 page on the USPTO website.


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