Welcome to our Examination Time Analysis (ETA) Community.
In this community, you can submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments related to examination time goals. The Office published a Federal Register Notice on October 25, 2016 to announce the effort to external stakeholders and obtain their feedback.
The Office has generated a list of questions concerning examination time goals to further inform comments. Responders can choose to address as many of these questions as desired. Responders are not limited to submitting information addressing these questions. The Office welcomes any other comments on the topic of Examination Time Goals that may be informative, for example those that facilitate an understanding of the interests of stakeholders with respect to quality, pendency, and cost for services. A further area of inquiry seeks to shed light on other characteristics of patent applications, besides technological complexity, which lead to a more time-consuming examination.
To submit an idea, please click the Submit New Idea button at the top of the navigation sidebar. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea. To vote on an idea, simply click the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description. And to add a comment, click in the box below the idea. If you would like to see all ideas created with a specific tag, you can click on the word or phrase via the tagcloud in the navigation sidebar area under "What we're discussing". You can also view ideas sorted by Campaigns from the right navigation area. To return to this page, click the All Ideas link.
For additional information on the Examination Time Analysis and other opportunities to participate, please click HERE.