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Navigating the USPTO Examiner Count System and Other USPTO Programs

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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This CLE course will guide counsel on leveraging the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Examiner Count System to prosecute patents more effectively. The panel will provide insight into the count system and offer strategies for interacting with patent examiners.


The USPTO uses a production-based system made up of "counts" to manage the workload of patent examiners. Examiners accrue counts by completing different tasks in the examination process. The type of action and the timing of those actions are factors in determining an examiner's "counts."

Since examiners are expected to meet quotas for production, practitioners see an increase in examiner activity during certain times of the year, e.g., at the end of each quarter. Understanding the USPTO's inner workings allows patent practitioners to prosecute patents efficiently.

In recent years, the USPTO launched several patent application initiatives to advance and support the patent examination process. Knowledge and use of these initiatives can assist applicants through the examination process and provide benefits.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys offers insights and an in-depth understanding of the Examiner Count System. The panel, which includes former patent examiners, will discuss the Examiner Count System and how to maneuver through the system, including strategies for interacting with examiners. The panel will offer guidance on current USPTO programs and initiatives and how to leverage them.



  1. Examiner Count System
  2. Guidance from former examiners to leverage system
  3. Strategies for interacting with examiners
  4. USPTO programs and initiatives


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What impact does the number of claims in the application have on the quality of examination in the first office action?
  • How can patent counsel use the incentives of the count system to the client's advantage?
  • How and when should patent counsel interact with examiners for effective and efficient prosecution?


Burgy, Adriana
Adriana L. Burgy

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Ms. Burgy focuses on opinion work, client counseling, patent prosecution and management, and litigation in the...  |  Read More

Johns, Christopher
Christopher C. Johns

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Mr. Johns maintains a diverse patent practice, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to...  |  Read More

Rajan, Kai
Kai Rajan

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Mr. Rajan practices patent litigation and prosecution for a wide range of clients, from startups to established...  |  Read More

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