USPTO Patent Prosecution and Examiner Performance Appraisal
19 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2017
Date Written: June 1, 2017
Patent examination is a complex and information-intensive process. For researchers and policy analysts studying this process, it is important to have a basic understanding of how patents typically proceed through examination and how the behaviour and incentives facing examiners might influence (or be influenced by) this process. This document provides a simplified overview of the patent examination process and the Performance and Appraisal Plan (PAP) for patent examiners. As the title indicates, this is a primer that provides a researcher-friendly introduction. Additional references are provided throughout the document to direct readers to more authoritative and detailed sources of information on each of the topics covered.
Keywords: USPTO, patent examination, examiner incentives
JEL Classification: J33, M52, O31
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