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The USPTO is developing an automated solution to deliver relevant information, such as prior art, search reports, etc. from applicants’ other applications, to the U.S. application file, which will enhance the examiner’s ability to identify the most relevant prior art as early as possible and likely increase efficiency of prosecution procedures. These other applications, for example, could have the same, or substantially the same, disclosures (e.g., domestic parent and counterpart foreign and PCT applications) as the U.S. application being examined. Access to this information in an efficient manner could potentially reduce the applicant’s burden to provide this information to the USPTO. Of course, it will be critical to ensure examiners are provided with the most relevant information without being overburdened with immaterial and marginally relevant information.
Read more about the Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative here.