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Starting on January 1, 2018 the order in which patent applications are to be studied by the PTO will depend on the applications´ filing date

Until know, the order of examination of patent applications was based on the date in which the corresponding examination fees were paid. While applicants will continue to have three years counted as from the filing date to pay the examination fees, starting on January 1, 2018 the date on which said fees are actually paid will no longer determine the order in which applications are examined which will now depend on the application´s actual filing date.

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